Friday, December 14, 2012

Maureen Asaro: Teacher

By Laura Asaro

Can you imagine knowing what career you’d like to pursue from the time you were just seven years old?  Maureen Asaro from Bergenfield, New Jersey, can. 

According to her, she “literally woke up one day wanting to be a teacher” and when she was a child, she would gather the neighborhood children to play school in her parents’ backyard “with books and worksheet and everything.”  She also said she was always very good at explaining difficult schoolwork to her friends all throughout high school.  “Teaching just came naturally,” she said.

Maureen Asaro graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas College in 1983 with a dual major.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in both Elementary Education and Special Education, and has put them to good use.  Mrs. Asaro teaches at St. Joseph School in Oradell, New Jersey, where she has taught for almost 30 years. 

She has been teaching first grade for the majority of her career; however, due to consolidating grades last year, she taught second grade in the 2011 - 2012 school year.  This year, she’s back teaching first grade.  When asked which grade she prefers teaching, she answered, “Second grade was very different and challenging.  There was a lot of new material I had to teach my students, like writing in script and multiplication.  It was a fun experience, and I think it helped me learn as a teacher, but first grade is where I think I belong.” 

Mrs. Asaro also shared that she loves teaching because each class she has each year presents new challenges and she likes to be able to make a difference in children who struggle in school.  She said she “can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Laura Asaro is a sophomore at St. Thomas Aquinas College majoring in English.

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