As she guides the 7th grade English Language Arts class in a lesson, Mrs. Casey Petruszak pauses multiple times during the reading of classic literature to dive deeper into the meanings, themes, and characters. Class time has turned into a calm and engaging discussion with a few moments of giggles and laughter as the students delve into the lives of the characters in the stories they read together.
Mrs. Petruszak’s journey at SCA has just begun, but her impact is already deeply felt. Her classroom is not just a place of learning; it’s a place of transformation where literature comes to life. The influence of teachers like Mrs. Petruszak extends far beyond the pages of a textbook. She is fostering a love for reading and instilling critical thinking skills that will serve her students well throughout their lives.
Her current roles at SCA include English Language Arts, Typing, 6th grade sponsor, and Middle School Student Council sponsor. Mrs. Petruzsak’s vibrant clothing mirrors her cheerful personality and zest for teaching! She’s a true gem!
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Thomas University
YEARS LEADING IN EDUCATION: I have taught 6th, 7th, 8th grades for over a decade!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS?: I enjoy seeing the excitement of learning something new, the joy in helping a classmate understand a concept, the playfulness, silliness, and endless energy they have every single day, and the sweet spirit they share with me.
FAVORITE SNACK: My favorite snack is popcorn and cotton candy ice cream, and sometimes I eat them together!
FAVORITE HOBBY: I love doing things outdoors with my husband and our four boys! We have had some fun adventures! I also enjoy playing tennis!
FAVORITE MOVIE: Pride and Prejudice
FAVORITE BOOK: There are too many to pick a favorite!
AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? As a young child, I wanted to be an astronaut. I remember going to Kennedy Space Center as a kid with my family, and everything about space fascinated me.
HOW DID YOU LAND AT SCA?: I believe God puts us where He wants us to be to use us for His Glory.
IS THERE A TRICK TO REMEMBERING HOW TO PRONOUNCE YOUR LAST NAME CORRECTLY?: HAHA! Well, we usually just tell people as long as you’re close, we don’t mind!
WHY DO YOU THINK CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT AND SPECIAL?: The education children receive at SCA is so valuable. Having biblical values instilled and taught at school only reinforces what parents do at home and church.