St. John School has had the pleasure of hiring two outstanding new teachers to become part of the St. John School family. We are extremely excited about their experience and all the knowledge they will be imparting on our children. They are energetic, passionate, and hard-working educators who will be making difference in our classrooms.
We will be featuring brief profiles on both Brother Gregory Day and Ms. Ashley Goldflam, to introduce everyone to them and give you all an opportunity to meet them.
Meet Brother Gregory Day, 2nd Grade Teacher (2B)
1. Can you tell us a little about your background?
I grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts and attended Saint Agnes School and graduated from Arlington Catholic High School. I have my Masters in Education from Saint Bonaventure University. I am a professed friar of Holy Name Province since 1981. My ministry over these many years has been in Catholic Education. I am presently living at Saint Anthony Shrine/Friary in Downtown Crossing, Boston.
2. What attracted you to teaching?
My first grade teacher, Sister Patrick Mary Vesey, CSJ, had a tremendous impact on my life and it was through her inspiration that I chose a teaching career.
3. What is most rewarding about being a teacher?
In September a teacher receives a new class of students and watches them grow and develop throughout the school year. Upon completion of the school year, the reward comes in seeing their progress and development.
4. What is something your students have taught you?
Since I am a primary teacher, the simplicity of each child and their eagerness to learn have taught me that each student is unique and gifted.
5. What are your first impressions of St John School?
When I received my tour of the school, I was warmly greeted by principal, faculty, parents, and students. It immediately struck me as a school with a “family-like/community-like” atmosphere and a place of welcome.
6. What are your hobbies and interest?
I enjoy daily walks, attending movies and theater, and travel.
7. Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
Most things I like and enjoy EXCEPT snakes! (..so if you have a pet snake, please don’t bring it in for “show and tell”…. 🙂
8. If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Pope Francis already has made a tremendous impression upon people around the world. I would say that he is a “super hero” because he has chosen the name “Francis” after Saint Francis of Assisi who loved the poor and all of creation. St Francis lived for peace and justice. In my opinion, Pope Francis follows his ideals.