Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Jen Pecherek
My name is Mrs. Jen Pecherek. I am beginning my 24th year here at Saint Jude School. I have taught students in PreK, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. I hold a B.S. Degree and teaching certification in Elementary Education, specializing in English.
There is a poster hanging in my classroom that reflects how I view teaching. It says “Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.” My students know I love to teach, genuinely like them, and have a very positive classroom environment. I try to make every day enjoyable, educational, and interesting.
This summer, several teachers and I joined a teacher book club revolving around the book Growth Mindset Coach by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley. It is a book "created by teachers for teachers" for "unleashing students' potential through creative lessons, empowering messages, and innovative teaching." I want to follow their positive norms, especially having the kids establish a growth mindset, instead of a fixed mindset. When children can realize mistakes are valuable, they can start to believe in themselves.
I am grateful to be part of the spiritual and educational community at Saint Jude School as a third grade teacher, as a stage manager/associate director of our school plays and summer theater camp, and as a cantor for Sunday masses and our school music ministry.