Miss Hobbs has been teaching middle school for eleven years. She completed her Teaching Credential and Masters in Education at Loyola Marymount University, and her Masters in Educational Leadership at University of Notre Dame, where she also completed her Bachelor degree in Sociology and American Studies. She taught 6th grade for 5 years at St. Lawrence Brindisi in Watts, and joined the NDA faculty in 2011. She is currently the Director of the Middle School, and teaches 6th and 8th grade Religion. She also developed the 5th Grade Transitional Program as her Masters Thesis and taught the 5th Grade Transitional class for two years. She also heads the 8th Grade Leadership team and the Student Council, which she developed.
In 6th grade Religion, students study the Old Testament and learn how the stories in the Salvation History are applied to our modern day lives. The stories in the Old Testament model teach us that God is loving and forgiving, and ask us to learn and grow from our mistakes. These same concepts are modeled through the Habits of Mind and the concept of the Growth Mindset. In 8th Grade Religion, students learn about the growth of the Catholic Church after the Ascension. At Notre Dame, we are in the business of making saints, and students recognize themselves as members of the Body of Christ who work to make the world a better place. This is all brought to fruition in the culminating unit, when students read Tattoos on the Heart and learn about the power of kinship, forgiveness, redemption, faith, stewardship, boundless compassion, and unconditional love.