Mrs. Jane Ellis - Third Grade Teacher
When I say that St. Joseph School is my “Home away from home”, I truly mean this, because I have been teaching here at St. Joseph’s for 46 years! I was an only child, and my dad died suddenly when I was 12 years old. My mother and I were “best friends” in addition to being mother and daughter. My mother died suddenly during my freshman year at Emmanuel College. I was on a full academic scholarship, but when my mother died, I wasn’t sure how I could afford to continue college. However, God was sure and He took me under His wing through the Sisters of Notre Dame at Emmanuel College. They offered me room and board for the next three years if I doubled my major and helped by working on campus. Emmanuel College became my home for the next three years and I graduated with degrees in Elementary education and Psychology. I will forever be grateful to the Sisters of Notre Dame at Emmanuel College.
I always knew that I wanted to become a teacher, and shortly after I graduated, I was at a weekday early morning mass at St. Joseph Church in Wakefield when the Sisters of St. Joseph announced that they would be leaving St. Joseph School. I knew immediately that St. Joseph school was where I was meant to be, and I went right after Mass to apply to the school for a teaching position. The rest is history! 😊
My Career at Saint Joseph School:
I have taught here with 7 different principals, 5 different pastors, and a myriad of wonderful colleagues. I watched my own two children, Megan and Ryan, graduate from St. Joseph School, as well as countless other children who I have been blessed to teach and who I also call “my kids!” I have also had the pleasure of teaching “children of children” who I taught in previous years! I am always so happy when previous students come back to visit me and reminisce about their days in third grade.
I enjoy taking postgraduate courses in education and in psychology. I am very excited about several recent classes that I have taken on Social/ Emotional Wellness (SEW), which the Department of Education has offered through the Salem State collaborative. My Massachusetts state teaching certification is completely up to date, and I have been officially recertified through June, 2024!! So many things in education have changed in these past 46 years, but one thing that I believe will never change is that every child wants, needs, and deserves to be loved for who they are as individuals.
Favorite Part of Being a Teacher at SJS:
My favorite part about being a teacher at St. Joseph school is being able to talk about God freely during the day in addition to Religion class, and to truly feel part of a big, loving family of children, parents and grandparents.Favorite Quote:
I have 3 quotes that I would like to share:
“To do what you love, and to love what you do…. It doesn’t get any better than this!” I believe my mother and father took care of me from Heaven by taking me from such a very small family, to giving me my huge, wonderful St. Joseph family.
“Do your best, and let God do the rest!” is a quote that I teach my students the first day of school every year. Many former students have told me that they have thought of this quote when studying for college finals or right before a job interview.
With regards to school work, I teach the children to follow the ideas in this phrase:
“Good, Better, Best.
Never let it rest,
Until your Good gets Better,
and your Better gets Best!”