About The Teacher
RoxAnn Venute 1st Grade
SCHOOL: St. George School
CLASS: 1st grade SCHOOL PHONE: 909-984-9123
Hi I am RoxAnn Venute,
I have taught in the Diocese of San Bernardino for the past 29 years. I graduated from University of Illinois in 1976 with a B.A. in Language Arts and an Illinois teaching certificate. I started out teaching Kindergarten, which I taught for 6 years and for the past 22 years have been teaching 1st grade. Which I love! I have my PMFP and received my California Catechist Certificate in 1994. In my first year of teaching, 1989/90, I received the "Outstanding Beginning Teacher" of the Year award. I have also been awarded "Distinguished Teacher" of the year twice. The first time in 2000/01 and then 10 years later, in 2010/11,for the second time. These awards have made my teaching career very fulfilling. I have been a Team Leader/Level Coordinator for the primary level (Junior K through 2nd grade) for 18 years. I have served in 2 parishes as Eucharistic Minister, at St. George and St. Kateri. I have also served on various curriculum committees and school accreditation teams. I have participated in many curricular workshops such as, Step -Up to Writing, Planbook.com Training, Integrating Differentiated Instruction, Creative Mathematics, We Believe Discipleship, Superkids, Language Arts program and Smart Board iPad, Chrome Books, Accelerated Readers,Dojo classes. I have been very blessed in my life, I have been married to my husband for 39 years and have a wonderful son, who has made us very proud parents. But most of all to be able to teach in a Catholic school where we can; LEARN about our faith, PRAY every day, SHARE our faith with others, LIVE out our faith AND CELEBRATE the Mass and sacraments.
About the Aide
Hello! My name is Cristen Arroyo and I am excited to begin this year as the 1st-Grade Teacher's Assistant. This will be my 3rd school year working at St. George as a TA. I have volunteered within the San Bernardino Diocese as a catechist preparing children for their First Holy Communion as well as their Confirmation, I also serve as a Eucharistic Minister for our school masses. Prior to being hired here at St. George I worked in the accounting department for a local car dealership before leaving in 2010 to stay home and raise my children.
I am currently enrolled in National University working towards my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development with a concentration in Teacher Education. My goals are to graduate and acquire my multi-subject Teaching Credential; with that, I hope to teach in a classroom within the Primary grade level. Although, I am open to any opportunities God places within my life.
Throughout the summer I attended different programs and conferences to further my learning and to better serve the needs of our students. I attended a Teach Plus Math seminar where I was able to collaborate with other teachers about effective strategies inside the classroom, including the implementation of Math Talks and encouraging a Growth Mindset. I also attended The California Teacher's Summit, again where I was able to collaborate with other educators about New Teacher Strategies. I was also able to learn more about how we can incorporate STEM/STEAM into lesson plans and make it fun for the students.
On a personal note, my husband Fernando and I have been married since 2006. We have three children, two son's Jordan 12 and Elias 7 and a daughter Mia that is 10, all who attend St. George School. My husband and I spend most of our free time watching our kids play soccer and softball. We also enjoy going to Disneyland and watching NASCAR races when they are in town. We often spend our weekends, when not busy with sports, with our families enjoying BBQ and a lot of laughs.
I am excited to begin this year and work with our incoming 1st-Grade class!