Jessica Maloughney, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School’s newest grade two teacher, hopes to introduce music to her students.
“Especially for the kids that have trouble with the core classes, it gives them a chance to shine in something they’re doing,” said Maloughney of optional subjects.
Originally from Red Deer, Maloughney played the piano and the saxophone through school. She was also involved with choir, which she would like to bring to Our Lady of the Rosary.
“I think that would be a lot of fun for the kids,” said Maloughney.
Both of Maloughney’s parents are teachers, which first exposed her to the profession. She attended Red Deer College for two years, and completed her teacher’s education at the University of Alberta.
“There’s nothing that I’ve ever enjoyed as much as teaching,” said Maloughney. “I love working with kids.”
Maloughney previously taught at St. Teresa of Avila School in Red Deer. She is excited to be in a smaller school this year.
“It’s good to try something new,” said Maloughney. She added that she particularly enjoys working with younger students, who have a sense of excitement and wonder.
“I love the look on their faces when they learn something they didn’t know before,” said Maloughney. “Grade two is so fun because everything you do becomes a big deal.”
Maloughney is planning activities to celebrate her students’ 100th day of classes, in addition to a multicultural day.