Paige Nicklas is a Cohort 8 Seton Teaching Fellow hailing from McKinney, Texas. She graduated last May from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies – Elementary Education. Paige serves with joy and energy at Brilla Veritas Elementary School in the South Bronx as a 1st grade fellow during the school day, and as a 1st grade catechist at the El Camino extended-day program. She agreed to let us join her during one of her days teaching and serving as a Seton Teaching Fellow. Watch and read along to see how the life of a Seton Teaching Fellow is filled with prayer, work, teaching, rest, and fellowship in community.
7:30 AM I pray the Liturgy of the Hours before I start my day!
7:50 AM I walk to school with my community member, Annie, and another fellow, Jack, and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
8:00 AM I put bags in the fellows’ room and say good morning to the other fellows who work at Brilla Veritas.
8:15 AM I support the 1st grade Harvard classroom. While the co-teachers teach Targeted Literacy Block small groups, I help and support the rest of the class while they are doing computer work.
10:00 AM I move to 1st grade Siena to work with Phonics pull out groups. I work with a small group of students who need differentiated instruction.
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM The other fellows and I take a lunch and mass break.
- 12 PM Mass at St. Anselm’s Church
- 12:30 PM Lunch
12:45 AM – 1:35 PM This is the 1st grade prep period while students are participating Fine and Applied Arts classes
- Thursdays: 1st grade Grade Level Meeting with the rest of the 1st grade team.
1:35 PM Support 1st grade in the Monroe classroom during math
3:00 PM Meeting with the other fellows on my campus.
- Monday El Camino Internalization
- Tuesday El Camino meeting with site manager
- Wednesday Teach backs with instructional coach
- Thursday Fellows team bonding
3:45 PM El Camino begins!
5:45 PM El Camino ends!
6:00 PM We all finish classroom cleanup and walk home.
7:00 PM I eat dinner on my own or with my community members.
9:00 PM Community prayer