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“At least once a week, I connect synchronously, using the Zoom platform.”

A New Way of Teaching with Ms. Pasela

While online teaching can not replace the classroom experience, it can be a time not only to teach content, but connect with students in these stressful times.

At least once a week I connect synchronously using the Zoom platform. I value seeing my student’s faces and having discussions about the readings or videos we have been doing. I also have many international students in different time zones and it can be a challenge to “attend class”. So that students don’t have to wake up at 3 am, I have also recorded lessons and posted mp4 videos so they can hear me “lecture” at their own pace.

This is not easy work, but I am proud of our peers and especially proud our students for maintaining our prep community in this time of COVID 19.

Sarah Pasela
Biology Instructor
Saint John’s Preparatory School

 

Ms. Pasela was born in Little Falls Minnesota, but grew up in West Africa. She returned to Little Falls, Minnesota for high school and graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a BA in Biology and English Literature. After her undergraduate education, she joined the Peace Corps, serving as an aquaculture extension agent, teaching rural farmers in Zambia, how to keep fish and increase protein intake.  She earned two Master of Sciences degrees from Ohio University, one in Education, and one in International Affairs. Ms. Pasela taught at Apollo High School in Saint Cloud, Minnesota for eight years before she joined Saint John’s Prep in 2016.

Ms. Pasela loves to garden, read, scuba dive, and travel.  Her goal as a teacher is to inspire life-long learning. She hopes to create a place where all identities feel welcome and are able to develop as complete humans.  She loves Saint John’s Preparatory School because of the beautiful natural setting and the connections she gets to make with her colleagues and students. 

 

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