Michele Jeffries has been a Sacred Heart educator since 2003. She is also an alumna of the SHA Class of 1997, mother of middle schooler, Dani Class of 2027 (Great-grandmother, Catherine “Kay” McClatchy ‘50), and sister to Christine Class of 2005 and Stephanie Class of 2005. Mrs. Jeffries brings her many SHA experiences and enthusiasm to the second-grade.
As the second-grade teacher, Mrs. Jeffries focuses on building community through daily morning meetings where students share something about their lives or something special about their day. The class enjoys sharing jokes and bonding with each other as they discover commonalities. Mrs. Jeffries creates a playful classroom atmosphere where the girls aren't afraid to make mistakes and try something new. She believes it is important to create a safe classroom where they can laugh at themselves and understand that even adults make mistakes. Together they all learn and grow from these moments.
Jamboard is her current favorite teaching tool. Jamboard is an interactive whiteboard system developed by Google as part of Google Workspace. The students get excited to interact on this platform. Together, the class works on math problems and Wilson Fundation reading and writing lessons. Mrs. Jeffries likes the feature of monitoring the girls' work in real-time and seeing their reaction to the assignments. Collaborative writing is a class favorite!
In Mrs. Jeffries's second-grade classroom, students are usually busy with project-based learning. The girls apply real-life lessons to their learning in order to make connections from the classroom to life beyond school. Social studies and STEM are the perfect areas for such lessons.
Her lower school colleagues inspire her. They share strategies and ideas. She also gets inspiration from her family because they remind her what the important things in life are and how she can bring that into the academic lessons in her classroom. Mrs. Jeffries has the privilege of working with the second-grade students who make their sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The love for her students is so apparent in the details of these religious milestones.
When not in the classroom, Mrs. Jeffries continues to build community at SHA with an annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk in the spring and coaches middle school basketball. In the summer, Mrs. Jeffries is busy running a Future Stars camp site.
We are so lucky to have Mrs. Jeffries in our second-grade!
One word that you would use to describe SHA: Family
Red or White team: Red
Thank you, Mrs. Jeffries, for your commitment to making learning fun and building community at SHA!
Photo from 2019 (pre-pandemic)