Meet NC Educators

Bienvenidos a la clase de Espanol!

Senora Patty Chag was born in Lima, Peru. She came to the US for her college education where she attended Mississippi University for Women and received a BS degree with a minor in Early Childhood and Special Education. Subsequently she moved to NJ where she volunteered to teach Spanish in the public school for 12 years. In 1991 Senora Chag and her family moved to NH, where she volunteered to teach Spanish in the Bedford Elementary School for 4 years. She also taught 22+ years at the Bedford Montessori, 10 years at the Namaste Montessori and at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Manchester from 2006-2015. In 2015 she began her work at Nashua Catholic teaching Spanish. She speaks English with a little bit of a Spanish accent, and sometimes she might be speaking with you and a Spanish word might sneak out!

Senora Chag was asked about her perspective on teaching teens, communications with parents and uniqueness of Nashua Catholic in the market.  Please see what she had to say below:   

1. What is unique about helping young teens learn in this day and age? How does that impact how you think and engage this student population?

They often don’t realize how important it is to learn another language in today’s world and some don’t take it seriously or try their best. The academics of school is often less important in their minds than sports or socializing. I expect them to take learning Spanish seriously and I teach them about the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking countries so they will know it’s interesting and important. When they go on vacation to Spanish-speaking countries and they are able to understand and speak Spanish they realize how important it is.

2. What is your mindset when communicating/engaging parents of young teens? What kind of things do you think about in your preparation and delivery?

I always let the parents know that it is important to me that their child is doing their best in my class, and that I will work with them to make sure they are doing their best. I always try to tell the parents just what is necessary, and not get too much into details or become too emotional.

3. In your opinion, how is NC unique in the Nashua/Northern MA market?

We don’t just teach academics, because we are a Catholic school, we can teach them about God, and the teaching of Jesus, which is so important to helping our students become better and grow into good and moral adults.

Mrs. Michael is Nashua Catholic’s Art educator. Martha started out her career in marketing and event planning. After becoming a mother in 2012 and managing her own marketing business for three years, she decided to follow through with her dream of becoming an art educator, finding teaching art to be more fulfilling than the hustle and bustle of corporate marketing and planning. She is currently finishing her Master’s in Art Education at New Hampshire Institute of Art and has completed all art education courses along with passing her exams towards her state certifications. She will be spending her summer at the beach with her daughter, taking courses in sculptural welding, developing her spring 2020 M.A. exhibit and preparing to educate her students for the fall!  

Mrs. Michael’s was asked about her perspective on teaching teens, communications with parents and uniqueness of Nashua Catholic in the market.  Please see what she had to say below:         

1. What is unique about helping young teens learn in this day and age? How does that impact how you think and engage this student population?

Early Adolescence is a really confusing time. Influences from peers, family and the media can be over whelming. With the digital age students can be influenced, informed and bullied within the same hour with various online medias. It is crucial to development to help students think objectively and independently. My work as an art educator is to help students work independently and exercise the left side of their brains that express and develop creativity, problem solving and the arts. I choose projects that are foundations for all future art classes and give them room for creative choice.

The worst thing is to hear a student say they are not good at art. My job is to build their confidence and give them different projects they may enjoy and release any emotional limitations. Students learn drawing and scale, elements and principles of art, printmaking, book arts, and digital design. This gives them a stronger ability to apply art processes in real life situations and develop more confidence in art-making.

2. What is your mindset when communicating/engaging parents of young teens? What kind of things do you think about in your preparation and delivery?

As a parent and a teacher, I try to have a transparent approach with parents. I keep in contact with parents if they need anything from me and update parents on issues in the classroom with behavior, motivation and relationships with other students. Using transparency by reinforcing expectations I listed on the syllabus for parents at the beginning of the year helps with understanding what objectives students will be learning along with showing my commitment to my profession. I understand parents in distress over something expect a quick response and I am committed to communicating with them whether I call them on a lunch break or email them as soon as possible. This translates a stronger relationship with parents so we can both do a better job with their teenagers.

3. In your opinion, how is NC unique in the Nashua/Northern MA market?

Nashua Catholic provides solid support in excelling teens character and integrity. Students thrive in smaller class sizes helping teachers cater to each student as an individual. Our mission to stick to our authenticity and develop strong characters and build confidence is unlike most educational institutions. I recognized when joining the NC education team that each teacher has a solid heart and empathy for adolescent psychology and development. There is room for mercy and growth in handling any teen issues that may come up through the communication with parents, faculty and guidance. We confront any issue with a best of practice solution in mind that is customized for the individual and family. Students aren’t one-size-fits all and we understand this on a psychological, spiritual and educational level.