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March 2020

Senior Spotlight: Emily Torrence

By OLMA Headlines, Senior Spotlight

Today’s Senior Spotlight: Emily Torrence. Emily joined OLMA in her junior year, but we can hardly recall a time when she wasn’t here. We will miss her larger-than-life smile, leadership, and amazing voice as she moves on to Pepperdine University on a partial scholarship this fall. Emily plans to study Biology and Sustainability. Congratulations to Emily and the entire Torrence family!

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photo collage of olma senior, ava casale

Senior Spotlight: Meet Ava Casale

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First in our series of senior spotlights: Ava Casale. This young woman is a powerhouse — on and off the basketball court and soccer and softball fields. She is a true leader and puts 150 percent into everything she does. OLMA is a better place for having Ava as a student as will be Immaculata University this fall. Ava will play basketball for Immaculata and plans to study Business and Accounting. Go, Mighty Macs! Congratulations, Ava!

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OLMA Honors Class of 2020

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OLMA invites you to join us in honoring the 20 members of the Class of 2020. Small but mighty, this class of young women is one of a kind. They are strong, brave, resilient, and destined for great success. We will highlight one at a time for the next 20 school days. We hope you will share your comments and well wishes as these young women prepare to make their mark and lead a world of change. Watch for our first Senior Spotlight tomorrow!

OLMA Math Teacher at her Online Learning Desk

Teacher Feature: Meet Mrs. Callahan

By OLMA Headlines

A newcomer to OLMA, Mrs. Stephanie Callahan is living her dream of teaching high school and can’t imagine doing it anywhere else. A teacher for more nearly 20 years, Mrs. Callahan spent most of this time teaching elementary and middle-school students. “I loved it, but I’ve always wanted to get experience teaching at the high school level,” she said. “When I heard there was an opening at OLMA I knew I had to check it out.”

While Mrs. Callahan has taught many different subjects, Math is her passion. She is currently teaching two levels of Algebra I, Geometry, and both honors and college prep Pre-Calculus. “It’s a challenge, but I love it,” said Mrs. Callahan. “Everyone is incredibly supportive at OLMA. The administration, my fellow teachers, and my students are kind and helpful. We learn a lot from each other.”

That’s especially true right now as OLMA finishes up week two of it’s Online Learning Program. “As a teacher, I feel so fortunate to be part of OLMA, ” she said. “While many schools may be struggling, we were ready to go on Monday thanks to the training we received and the program we have in place. We are also lucky to be using Zoom. It’s fantastic and has many features that make it great for teaching Math. I have a virtual whiteboard and can upload graphs and then make them interactive. It also has a chat feature that the girls use to post answers to problems. That makes it easy for me to see who needs help without calling it out to the entire class. Just as we do in a regular classroom, the girls can stay after for extra instruction, or meet with me during virtual office hours.”

While Mrs. Callahan would prefer to be back on campus, she’s encouraged by the progress her students have made so far. “It’s kind of fun,” she said. “We’re all a little out of our comfort zones, but that’s okay. So far, so good.”