St. Joseph Catholic School

Mrs. Monica Woodson » Mrs. Woodson

Mrs. Woodson

 

Grade: 5th grade; Religion, Math and Science 

 

Favorite Quote: 

“Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.” St. Teresa of Calcutta, Mother Teresa

 

Mother Teresa’s simple path:

“The fruit of silence is PRAYER,

the fruit of prayer is FAITH,

the fruit of faith is LOVE,

fruit of love is SERVICE,

and the fruit of service is PEACE.”

 

Why I teach:

My passion is to help students to grow in appreciation and awe of God’s beauty, goodness and truth in creation and grow in virtue. I recognize that parents are the primary teachers and I am partnering with them.   All learning in subjects point to the Truth, Jesus Christ. By growing in knowledge and understanding of our world, we are equipped to share the Truth with others. I want to instill in every student this mission and the importance of growing in relationship with God, with family, and the Church.

 

Education and Training:

I earned my B.S. in Education with a specialization in Math at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. In a program at the University of Dayton I have taken courses to acquire certification as a catechist to teach Religion in the Dallas Diocese. I very much enjoy teaching Religion again at St. Joseph.  I have been blessed to have experienced professional development in teaching Classical Education through my experience at Mount St. Michael School here in Dallas.

 

Professional Experience:

After teaching two years of Math and Science at a Jr. High in the Irving I.S.D., God called me to teach at Mount St. Michael Catholic School in Dallas, then called Prince of Peace Community School. Over the years, the school changed its name and transitioned to the Classical Approach to learning. I have taught various subjects in the middle school grades over the years including Math, Science, American History, World History, Language Arts, and Religion. The last few years at Mount St. Michael were in the 6th and then 5th grades teaching all the core subjects for an integrated classical approach.

 

 

Where I have lived:

I have lived North Texas all my life. I have been blessed to live in both the metroplex area and in the country. I graduated from Leonard High School, a small town about an hour drive North. I have experienced the farm life of a large garden, tractors and bailing hay, chickens, milking cows, horseback riding and long dirt roads.

 

My Family:

I was born a cradle Catholic. I grew up spending time at Church because my parents were very active in parish life. My mother was secretary at St. Matthew in Arlington many years. After we moved to the country my dad became a deacon and served at St. Elizabeth in Bonham, Texas, for over 35 years before retiring recently. I am one of 5 siblings who all continue to live in North Texas.

I met and married Mark, my husband of 25 years through our common participation in The Community of God’s Delight, a private association of the faithful in our diocese. Our son, John is 22 years old.

 

Some things you may not know about me:

In my twenties, I was a member of NET, the National Evangelization Teams. We are blessed at St. Joseph to have NET at our parish this year. It was a faith growing time for me.

I also helped Youth 2000 get off the ground here in the states. Youth 2000 is movement to lead young people into an encounter with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. I was blessed to lead the music ministry for Youth 2000 for a few years including the awesome experience of providing music for Mass and adoration at a Church in Denver, Colorado during World Youth Day in 1994.

As a young adult I worked several years with The Community of God’s Delight Youth Ministry.

I have been on several Pilgrimages to Italy, France and Medjugorje.

 

Prayer for my students:

Loving God, I thank you for the gift of my students. May my students come to know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. May your Holy Spirit help them to grow in faith, hope, and love so they may know and recognize what is good, beautiful, and true.

Like Jesus may they be obedient and grow in wisdom and stature before God and men. (Luke 2:51-52)

May their ears hear your voice. May their eyes see your presence in all things. May their lips proclaim your word. May their hearts be your dwelling place. May their hands do works of charity. May their feet walk in the way of Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord.

Amen.

 

My contact information:  mwoodson@stjosephccschool.net