Mrs. Jane Ellis - Third Grade Teacher

  • About Me:  
    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 43 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 work on campus. Emmanuel became my home for the next three years and I graduated with degrees in Education and Psychology. I will be forever 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 week day early morning Mass at Saint Joseph Church 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, 4 different pastors and a myriad of wonderful colleagues. During my tenure here, I have seen my own two biological children 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 have taken numerous post graduate courses in education and in psychology, and my Massachusetts state teaching certification is completely up to date. So many things in education have changed in these past 43 years, but one thing that I believe will never change is that every child wants, needs, and deserves to be loved.
    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 two 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!" 
    God has certainly blessed me, and I believe my mom and dad took care of me from Heaven by taking me from such a small family to giving me my huge St. Joseph Family.
    My other quote is one that I teach to my students on the first day of school each year. I love when former students tell me they thought of this quote when studying for college finals or right before a job interview.
    "Do your best, and Let God do the rest."