Ms. Genovese enthusiastically begins her 9th year teaching Kindergarten at Notre Dame Academy. She previously taught Kindergarten, 2nd , and 5th grades and served as both principal and vice principal. Her educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles; Clear Multiple-Subjects Teaching Credential, Masters Degree in Childhood and Adolescent Literacy, and Reading Credential from Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Genovese enjoys photography, film, and reading. She believes in nurturing students’ natural inclination to explore, discover, and wonder by providing a joyful, stimulating, and reassuring environment.
This year in Kindergarten, experience the excitement of working interdependently to create innovative inventions and prototypes and code our Dash and Dot robots. Students write and publish a class book and submit their poetry for publication. They live Science through hands-on activities, an air rocket launch, and SKYPE sessions with NASA. Kindergarteners gain a global awareness and respect of God’s creation via correspondence with pen pals in India, United Kingdom, and Iowa. By participating in Habitat for Humanity’s World Habitat Day and Act!Speak!Build!Week!, students model good citizenship by advocating for those in need. Through integration of Thinking Maps and Habits of MInd across the curriculum, students utilize critical thinking skills and learn to persist to meet individual goals. Kindergarteners gain a life-long love of reading by experiencing differentiated instruction in diverse reading and writing groups. In lessons and interactions, a focus on being Christ-like and making compassionate choices helps develop students’ inner character. Kindergarten embraces a growth mindset where students learn that their abilities can be developed through perseverance and work.