About me:  I am very excited for the privilege to join the Saint Patrick school team for another year as the Middle School Social Studies teacher. Ever since a very young age I had a love and passion for everything having to do with History. I am very excited to be able to share that love and passion with my students while helping to foster it in them. After going to Catholic school my whole life until College it has been a wonderful experience to give back to the community that gave me so much as a child. I was fortunate enough to find a love of sports and competing at a young age and made my way to track and field/cross country in high school. I continued this love after college and very soon after graduating began running marathons which I continue to do. My experience as a teacher is very varied encompassing grades pre-k through 12, ESOL for adults, and High School Equivalency or GED. I also had an opportunity to work in several different Special Education settings which has helped me extend my teaching so it can reach all levels of student. I am also a very proud coach of the Saint Patrick Cross Country team and Running Club which has allowed me to share my athletic passions with my students outside of the classroom. I enjoy traveling and exploring new countries, being with my family, early morning yoga, watching the sun rise, and dancing.

Education:  Salem State University, BA History, Secondary Education

Salem State University, MA History

Honors and Awards:   Phi Alpha Theta Member

National Honors Society Member

Chi Alpha Sigma Member

Gretchen Stone Cook Scholarship Winner

Graduated Cum Laude

Memorable Moment:  Any moment you see a light bulb go off for a student is something or they realize something that changed their life for the better is memorable. One moment that happened for me was during one of my night classes. An Italian student who spoke almost no English came up to me very excited about something yelling in Italian. When he had finally calmed down enough to explain in English it made me realize just how important teaching can really be. He had explained that for three months he had been in the United States and could not get sugar in his coffee at Dunkin Donuts because he did not know how to ask for it. We had covered food the previous night and when he went to get his coffee the next morning he finally was able to ask for sugar in English. It was a very small and seemingly insignificant thing, but the joy it brought him to know how to advocate for what he wanted in English is something that never leaves me. Our student’s victories are our victories as well.

Favorite Quote:

“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift”- Steve Prefontaine

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”- Isaiah 6:8

Contact Me:  comeau@stpatrickschoolstoneham.org

Erin Comeau – Middle School Social Studies