Fifth Grade Teacher
After seeing her five children through their education at St. Hilary School, and substitute teaching at the school for seven years, Mrs. Lloyd decided to return to the school full-time as a teacher to do what she loves most. "I truly enjoy working with children," she says. "The spark in their eyes when they 'get it' along with the challenge of presenting information in different ways when they have difficulty understanding makes teaching a very rewarding profession." She adds that no two days are ever quite the same.
Besides teaching fifth grade homeroom subjects, Mrs. Lloyd teaches math and science to all St. Hilary School fifth graders. She has taught many subjects over the years as a substitute teacher, but notes that science and particularly math are her two favorite subjects to teach. "I hope to instill a love of both math and science in all the students using a variety of activities and approaches, especially through the use of technology," she says. "After educating my own five children from kindergarten through eighth grade at St. Hilary and beyond, I feel like I have a true appreciation not only for where my students have been, but where they are going."
Mrs. Lloyd feels the staff at St. Hilary School is truly exceptional, speaking from the perspective of both a parent and a teacher. She believes the teachers are dedicated and interested in what parents think about their children's education, and are well-organized in their lesson plans and classes. This, as well as the opportunity to pray and attend Mass with the students, makes St. Hilary School special and a great place to work and learn, she says.
A graduate of Miami University, Mrs. Lloyd holds a bachelor of science degree in education with specialties in elementary (K-8) education and special education (K-12). She has also taken graduate level classes at both John Carroll University and Notre Dame College. Her five children keep her busy by providing many photos from which she enjoys creating scrapbooks. Three are currently pursuing careers in medicine, music, and marketing, one recently graduated college, and one is in high school. Mrs. Lloyd also enjoys reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Fifth Grade Teacher
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Seeing the understanding of and appreciation for new people and places is one of the things St. Hilary School fifth grade teacher Miss McGonigle most enjoys. As the teacher of social studies and English, Miss McGonigle especially loves teaching about early civilizations, particularly those in Africa. She is also passionate about teaching literature. Her extensive real-world experience lend to Miss McGonigle’s ability to make teaching come alive for her students. “I have lived overseas for a number of years, which has allowed me to develop a variety of contacts who will video chat with the class as we discuss those cultures and lands,” she says.
As a St. Hilary alumna, Miss McGonigle notes that the culture of the school that has been developed through the cooperation of students, parents, teachers, staff, and administration is what sets the educational experience offered at St. Hilary apart from that offered elsewhere. Miss McGonigle drew upon the love of learning she developed at St. Hilary as she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and education, and a Master’s Degree in School Administration.
A graduate of Xavier University and Providence College, Miss McGonigle has furthered her education outside the classroom through her travels. “I love to travel and have been to five of the seven continents,” she says. Most recently, she traveled to Kenya and Rwanda to go on safari and track mountain gorillas. She has also lived in China and the Philippines.
Fifth Grade Teacher
A teacher at St. Hilary since 2004, Mrs. Moloney has also worked at the school in various capacities, including substitute teacher and tutor. Prior to teaching fifth grade, Mrs. Moloney taught first grade at St. Hilary. She teaches reading and religion, as well as homeroom subjects, to her fifth grade students. She loves working with young children.
Mrs. Moloney devotes much of her time to instilling in her students a love of reading. “I love seeing the kids’ reading ability improve, and seeing their pride in their accomplishments,” she says.
The inclusion of religion in everything students do is what Mrs. Moloney feels makes St. Hilary School a special place to learn. As a Catholic, she enjoys practicing her religion and teaching her students about the Catholic faith.
A graduate of the University of Akron and Kent State University, Mrs. Moloney holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in early childhood education. She has three children, all of whom are St. Hilary graduates who went on to attend Catholic high school. Outside of school, Mrs. Moloney enjoys being involved in her family’s activities.