Tatiana Galota was born and raised in northeast New Jersey, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice. She worked for two years with the Division of Youth and Family Services in New Jersey. Shortly after getting married, Mrs. Galota and her husband ventured off to South Florida where she worked for two years at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Eventually, Mrs. Galota changed careers and began a new journey as a first grade teacher; the following year she moved to a kindergarten classroom in a Catholic school. Then she and her family moved to Pennsylvania, where Mrs. Galota returned to school for her master’s degree and teaching certification in early childhood education.
Mrs. Galota substituted in many different districts, including at Seven Generations Charter School. It was here that Mrs. Galota realized how teaching and learning could be so hands-on and how the community and environment can make such a positive impact on teaching and learning. She joined our second grade teaching staff in 2015.
Mrs. Galota cherishes her free time being with her husband, daughter, son and wild, but loveable, dog. They enjoy going on what her children call “adventures” such as camping, going to museums, community parks, or wherever the wind takes them. She is very excited to start this new chapter in her life at Seven Generations. Contact Tatiana Galota at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louise Moyer considers herself a life-long learner who constantly strives to develop personally and professionally so she can better serve the students in her care. She adheres to W.B. Yeats’ directive that, “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire,” and hopes to light that fire in the hearts of every child who enters her classroom. She earned a B.S. degree in business administration from Drexel University, a J.D. from Villanova School of Law, and Elementary K-6 Teacher Certification from Cedar Crest College. She was a substitute teacher in the Brandywine and Northwestern Lehigh School Districts before coming to Seven Generations. Prior to embarking on her teaching career, she was an attorney for a Philadelphia law firm for 17 years. In addition to teaching, children’s literacy is another passion of hers. She views books as an open door to worlds that children may never experience, with the power to foster imaginative, curious minds. Her home is a mini-library filled with children’s books, and she has organized author visits and assemblies for her children’s school district in the past. She plans to pursue a Reading Specialist Certification in the near future.
Louise and her family own a “farm in progress” in the Brandywine Heights area where they grow several crops, including corn and hay, and nurture their very own wetland ecosystem. She is active in various youth organizations such as Cub Scouts, a Berks County 4H equine club, baseball, and has taught Sunday School at her church for the past 14 years. She loves spending time with her sons (ages 16, 14 and 9), their horses (with which her sons compete in horse shows), and their dogs. She also enjoys reading, hiking and experiencing the great outdoors. Contact Louise Moyer at email@example.com.
What is it like to teach at Seven Generations?
Teaching at Seven Generations is a dream come true for me! I am very excited to have the opportunity to teach in an integrated learning environment. Education is best achieved through engaging, hands-on, project-based learning, and our natural environment provides a myriad of learning opportunities. Children learn by doing, as an old Chinese proverb says best: “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” I am firmly committed to educating our youth in a manner that instills in them a sense of social and moral responsibility. The youth of today need to discover and practice basic principles of respect, community-mindedness, citizenship and environmental stewardship if our world is to survive for generations to come. I always look forward to meeting and working with our second graders, their parents, the entire Seven Generations family, and our community partners to create a fun and rewarding educational experience!
I live in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I went to college at East Stroudsburg University where I received my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. I graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2015 and continued my career at Sheetz. While I was in college I worked as an Assistant Dance Instructor for a short time, volunteered as the Nursery Director at my church, and also took on the role as the Vacation Bible School Instructor.
I began substituting teaching at Seven Gen in September 2016. I was in awe that there was still a school out there that created a rich learning environment for young children and not an environment where children learn how to take a test. The philosophy of education at Seven Gen lines up exactly with my philosophy of teaching. The environment that Seven Gen creates is one that I always dreamed of having when I became a teacher. I also adore how much Seven Gen loves the environment and how they teach young children to cherish and take care of our planet. The great outdoors are very important to me and I’m excited to encourage children to feel the same!
I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and our two kittens Phoebe and Chandler. In our time together we enjoy hiking, fishing, traveling, gardening (well, trying to!) and spending time with our families. I also enjoy running; I have a goal to eventually run a 5k and work my way up to marathons! The best thing in life is enjoying the great outdoors and all the adventures it provides! Oh, and I cannot forget to mention that my lifelong dream is to one day own a beautiful horse!
Katie attended Penn State University’s Berks Campus and graduated in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education PK-4. When she was in college she took a tour of Seven Generations and fell in love with everything about it – the philosophy, the outdoor aspect, and the teaching methods. She knew she wanted to teach at ourl school some day, and didn’t have to wait long. She spent a little over a year as the director of a daycare center in Whitehall when she got the call, interviewed, and accepted a position as second grade teacher.
When she’s not working, she enjoys being outside, hiking, riding her horse, and spending time with her dogs, Riptide and Skye. Contact Katie Unger firstname.lastname@example.org.
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