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Faculty Friday: Mrs. Cheri Grall

Cheri Grall

4th Grade Teacher

Team Leader, Grades 3-5

 

Education: B.A. in Psychology and Masters of Education from College of New Rochelle.

 

When did you join the GCS Family?

This is my eleventh year at Greenwich Catholic School. Before joining GCS, I taught for seven years at Corpus Christi Holy Rosary School in Port Chester.


What do you love about being a 4th Grade teacher?

Fourth grade is a transition year for both personal and scholastic growth, so watching the students adapt and mature from September to June is incredibly rewarding. At this age, students are learning in-depth study skills, note-taking and how to be independent and accountable. They thrive in situations that challenge them to develop skills they can utilize far beyond the classroom.


As a Team Leader, what are some of your goals this year?

As a Team Leader, my main role is to help strengthen teaching practices, ensure consistency in instruction and curriculum, and to act as a liaison for the 3rd-5th Grade teachers.  We have always been a team, focusing on making the students’ journey from Grade 3 through Grade 5 successful and seamless, so as a Team Leader, I look forward to helping streamline and continually improve our efforts.

 

What’s one thing that’s unique about being a student in your classroom?

I start each year reminding my students that we are a family. They learn to appreciate each other's differences, and to notice their classmates’ talents. My students earn points when they’re “caught doing good” - whether it’s being polite to an adult in the hallway or they complete a 5-day streak of on-time homework assignments. The students need to know that they are in a supportive learning environment, and that they each play a role in the overall success of the class.


Are there any “Rites of Passage” in 4th Grade?

PENS!!! Fourth graders use pens in the classroom - blue, black, and even red for correcting their work. I can’t help but smile when I see how excited the kids are about using pens and writing in cursive.

 

When you’re not busy at GCS, how do you spend your free time?

Family is extremely important to me, so I love spending time with my family and extended family. I’m also lucky that my Dad lives near me, so we go for walks almost every day. I’m an avid Yankees fan, and during football season, we watch the Redskins.

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