Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's, English Language and Literature, Towson University Master's, Teaching, Shepherd University Certified in English, grades 5-Adult Certified in TESOL, all levels
Miss Maria Skowronski
Hello, 8th grade!
I am thrilled to be starting my first year at Trailside Middle School here in Northern Virginia!
I hail from the very foreign state of Maryland; I have a bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from Towson University, as well as a Master's degree in Teaching from Shepherd University. I taught last year at the university level: I directed the Intensive English Language Program at Shepherd and while there, I worked with non-native English speakers to help them prepare for the heavy amounts of reading, writing, and public speaking that is required of college students. I found, though, that I was much more comfortable working with middle school students when I was a student teacher, so I decided to jump the state line and establish a home in Virginia to begin my middle school teaching career.
My significant other and I moved to Leesburg last month, and we are really taking a liking to Loudoun county (we've heard the burger place called 'Melt' is the place to be...?). I don't have any pets yet but we're hoping to adopt a puppy next year after we've had some time to settle in. My parents still live in Maryland, and my younger brother and his wife just moved to Michigan this summer. We are a family of teachers: my mother is an English teacher, my father teaches Earth/ Space Science and Biology, and my brother is a Chemistry teacher. I am very close with all of them, and this is the first year that we are all living in different states. It's been a big but exciting adjustment!
I am an avid runner and reader, and I try to see as many new movies as I can. Finally, I love to travel, and my favorite places to travel are right here in the United States. When my brother and I were growing up, my father centered all of our family vacations around a national park, and it wasn't until I was older that I understood their beauty and serenity. My goal is to visit every national park in the U.S.!
My goal for every student who walks through my classroom door is a simple one: I hope to help each and every one of you grow as critical thinkers, writers, readers, and presenters. I very much value collaboration; we never, in my opinion, accomplish anything on our own. We should always be observing other people, and we should always welcome constructive feedback and new ideas. I hope that every student sees the immense value of being a lifelong learner; as the German author Goethe once wrote, "The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as where we are moving."
Welcome to 8th grade!