'09, BA, Middle Childhood Education
'12, MEd, Reading Endorsement
Desiring to be either a veterinarian or a teacher as a youngster, Adrianne Subleski's career decision was finally made in junior high. "I discovered my passion for science," she says. Today, in addition to teaching science, she is also certified to teach social studies for 4-9th graders, and holds a P-12 reading endorsement.
Originally enrolled at a local public university, Adrianne transferred to Lourdes. "The education faculty is so different than at other schools. They share their prior classroom experiences and best practices learned while teaching young students and working with parents. That is such valuable information for education students!"
Her professional mentor is Judy McEwen, who taught Adrianne science in the 7th grade at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School. "She changed my view of science." For those currently pursuing their education degree, Adrianne offers the following advice.
"Be flexible. Make sure your lessons are planned well in advance. Realize that things pop up and you may need to change a day's lesson at a moment's notice." She says most importantly, "Laugh with your students."
"Educators need to know their students; to put their mindset to that of their students. Know what they are going through and what they are thinking. It helps in the educational process. They will realize your passion for education and your belief that they can succeed."
After graduating from Lourdes, Adrianne taught 5-8th grade science at St. Mary's of the Snows School in Mansfield, OH. From there, she accepted a Title I teaching job at Imagine Madison Avenue School of Arts. Once the school year ended, she was offered her current position at the Franciscan Academy.
One of the positives at the Academy is the student diversity. "We have children from Korea and India enrolled," adds Adrianne. "The students learn about each other's cultures and gain an appreciation for being culturally aware."
Adrianne took the learning opportunity one step further this past year and included culture awareness in the lesson plan. One of the Hindu parents came into the class and shared with the young students what the daily life was like for a Hindu family living in America. In retrospect, Adrianne says, "The diversity component really enhanced the overall learning experience for my students and me."
Adrianne also learns from her students. An avid reader, she says her most recent read was a book her students were reading – The Hunger Games. "Although I love reading all genres, it was educational for me to gain more insight into what their interests are."
When not reading, she also enjoys going to Detroit Tigers games and is a huge fan of Notre Dame football. Another passion she hopes to spend more time pursuing is travel. "I have been to several states, but my goal is to experience Ireland, Italy and the Caribbean."