Welcome to Mrs. Dragomier's Class!

my photo Hello! I would like to welcome you to my second grade class! This will be my fifth year teaching here at Saint Michael School. I had previously taught for seventeen years at Saint Paul School in North Canton. I am excited to see familiar faces and to get to know some new ones!

I would like to take this opportunity to give you some information about myself and my teaching theories. I celebrated my fourteenth anniversary with my husband, John, over the summer. I am the proud mother of a twelve-year-old son, Tony, and a ten-year-old daughter, Grace. My husband owns his own home inspection business (Champion Property Inspections) and we currently reside in Canton. We both grew up in Canton and love this area!

I am involved in a number of community organizations. I am currently the Vice President on the Board of Directors for Godís Tiny Angels, a local support group that assists families who have lost a child due to miscarriage or stillbirth. My husband and I are involved in the Marriage Preparation program and I am a lector here at Saint Michael Church.

I really enjoy spending time with my family, and watching my children learn and explore new things! Tony will be in sixth grade and Grace will be in fifth grade this year. I love working in the same school with my children. I also really enjoy playing games and scrapbooking. I am a huge Browns fan and am looking forward to watching them play football this fall. Maybe this is their year! Since my husband is a former McKinley football player and graduate, you will find us cheering on the Bulldogs at every game this season.

I earned my bachelor's degree at Miami University and am certified to teach all grade levels from Kindergarten through eighth grade. I also have a special interest and knowledge about students with exceptionalities, which includes everything from students with physical disabilities to gifted students. I graduated in 2004 with a Masterís degree in Education from Walsh University. I believe I can learn from my students as much as they learn from me.

My teaching is based on positive reinforcement, creativity, and respect. Positive reinforcement helps the students develop high self-esteem, which is an essential tool for classroom achievement.

I also believe creativity is necessary for optimum learning. This dimension will be incorporated in all subject area lessons and assignments. Finally, respect is the number one rule in my classroom. This includes respect for each other, each other's belongings, personal space, classroom materials, and our entire school community. I will help my students in the development of their social skills, and assure you that I will be a good role model for them to follow.

My discipline plan is a positive one. I will focus on rewarding appropriate behavior and teaching problem-solving strategies, so that my students will be able to work out many of their conflicts among themselves. My classroom will be set up to best facilitate student learning. I have tried to make it as inviting as possible by including a large selection of books. The goal is for the students to want to learn to read, and to enjoy books. The walls will be covered with bright, stimulating information, as well as the students' work. I want each student to feel that they belong in this classroom, and are an integral part of it.

I am especially looking forward to this special sacramental year. Throughout the year, I will be working closely with Mrs. Penland, the other second grade teacher. We have already spent time together planning and sharing ideas. We plan on doing as much as possible together so that our students will get the most out of this important year. I am looking forward to collaborating with her to make this a fun-filled year for us all!

Classes for students (as well as regular transportation) will begin on Wednesday, August 21. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me an email message at mdragomier@youngstowndiocese.org or leave a message for me at Saint Michael's (330.492.2657) and I will be happy to return your call as soon as I can. Thank you. My prayer is that this year will be a successful learning experience for all!