Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Catherine Polanski
Ms. Catherine Polanski, a member of the Kindergarten team, came to Arcola Elementary in the fall of 2012 with at that time, over 11 years of experience in teaching elementary and preschool students including teaching Kindergarten, 1st and 6th grade at a public school, 1st - 6th grade at a private school , and 3rd and 4th grade at a charter school. Ms. Polanski has an extensive background in literacy. When she taught 1st grade she individualized her reading program using classroom volunteers. She completed a three year Department of Education Literacy grant at Georgetown University where she worked with over 120 classrooms on improving literacy instruction in the District of Columbia. Her knowledge of the latest research based educational practices, education standards and curricula expanded during her work at Georgetown as well as through the educational classes she attended while at the University.
Ms. Polanski moved to Loudoun County in 2004 after receiving a National Head Start Fellowship. She joined Loudoun County Public schools as a substitute teacher in 2011. She completed a long term substitute position as a Kindergarten teacher at Pinebrook Elementary, a long term 4th grade substitute position at Balls Bluff Elementary, and was hired as a 2nd grade teacher at Waterford Elementary. She has a Masters in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, an Urban Teaching Certificate from Hamline University, and a TEFL, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Certificate from Georgetown University.