Park Maitland School

Welcome to the Park Maitland Family

We are so excited to welcome several new staff members to the Park Maitland Team, take a moment to get to know them a little better!

John Driscoll - 5th Grade Math Teacher

How long have you been teaching?: 28 years

What made you want to become a teacher? I had a close college friend who always wanted to be a teacher.  She ended up hating it and convinced me I would love it and do well at it for all the reasons she did not.

What fictional place would you most like to go? A Quidditch game.
 
What is your dream vacation? Major league ballparks all over the country.

What inspires you? Success of students.

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share? Do what you love for a job.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? "The funny thing about life is that I need money to write my poetry.  And if I am a good poet, no one will care how I get my money.  And if I am a bad poet, no one will know how I get my money."


Emily Cambron - 2nd Grade Reading and E.S.W Teacher

How long have you been teaching?: 7 years

What made you want to become a teacher?: I wanted to become a teacher in order to impact and make a positive difference in lives of children.  

What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read? I love reading anything written by Barbara Kingsolver.

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?  I lived in Australia, where I completed my student teaching, but have also spent time around Asia (Hong Kong, the Philippines, and China). 

Where do you usually go when you have time off? I love backpacking, so if I’m fortunate my time off involves backpacking in a national park.   

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share? To be kind...it’s that important.  

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous” -Aristotle  Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive.  And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.  -Howard Thurman

 

Mary Commins - 3rd Grade Reading Teacher

How long have you been teaching?: 18 years

What made you want to become a teacher?: I’ve always been intrigued by the power teachers have to transform students and bring on the bright lights in a developing young mind. I was lucky to have some teachers that brought on those “aha moments” for me and awakened my mind to new ideas, thoughts, strategies, etc. In my first career as a pediatric nurse, teaching was an important link to patient care as patients learned how to treat and care for their illness. It was a natural transition for me to start teaching students in school and now I get to share my passion of reading with them!

What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?: Realistic Fiction and Historical Fiction

What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read?: One of the best books I read was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?: Chengdu, China!

Where do you usually go when you when you have time off?: I love doing things outdoors (usually in a cooler temperatures than we have now!)-- at the beach, on a hike, or a new place to discover with family or friends.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?:  Simply: Choose Joy (there’s often a negative side to so much in life-- look to find the joy in it!)


Andres Joubert - Coordinator of Innovation and Technology

How long have you been teaching?:  13 years

What made you want to become a teacher?: My mother was a teacher and a large inspiration with what she did as an educator. I also wanted a career where I could turn my passion into the passion of others while also being able to regularly interact and engage with others.

What fictional place would you most like to go?: Hogwarts Castle

What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read?: The Harry Potter series and although not a book series, The Matrix trilogy have been two of my favorite story lines.

What is your dream vacation?: A Transatlantic Cruise


Teacher Feature

Take a look at what our wonderful teachers are doing in the classroom and around campus!

K-4 Veggie Volunteers

In K-4 Science and Social Studies, students welcomed into the classroom "Veggie Volunteers" who brought along fruits and veggies that start with the Letter B! Students enjoyed sampling and making wonderful B themed crafts with the fruits and vegetables. K-4's loved decorating their Butterflies with Beet juice using Broccoli as a paint brush -- oh what fun!


Art Robot

5th students in Design Thinking classes collaborated in groups to construct an art bot, a wobbly robot friend that creates art. Students investigated how changing the design of their robot by attaching different weights to the motor can change the way a robot draws. The group highlighted in the video below created a Robot Juke Box that makes art upside down while it plays different music CD's. This robot caused the whole class to celebrate and dance when the group got their robot operational! 
 
 
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