Teacher Feature: Mrs. Stephanie Callahan

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Allison Kostiuk

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 one 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 last week 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 made this week. "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."

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