Middle School Teachers

Caitlin Bisonett - Middle School Language Arts and Sixth Grade Homeroom

 

This is my fifth year as a teacher at St. Cecilia.  I previously had five years of teaching experience in Catholic education.

 

I have a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Master of Educational Leadership from University of Portland.

 

My favorite quote about learning and teaching:  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said.  People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

 

 

Joe Calabrese -  Middle School Social Studies and Seventh Grade Homeroom

 

I have been teaching at St. Cecilia School for 29 years with previous experience that included substituting in Portland Public Schools.

 

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Oregon State, and a Master in Curriculum/Instruction from Portland State University.

 

My favorite quote about learning and teaching: "The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."

 

 

Lillian C. Stevens - Middle School Math Teacher and Eighth Grade Homeroom

 

This is my fifth year as a teacher at St. Cecilia and have previous experience teaching 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 7th grade science, Algebra, and Middle School Math.

 

I have a Bachelor in the Art of Exercise Science from Willamette University, and a Master in the Art of Teaching from Lewis and Clark College.

 

My favorite quote about learning and teaching: “Education is not filling a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”- William Butler Yeats

 

Steve Olekas - Middle School Science Teacher

 

I have been teaching in the Archdiocese of Portland for 14 years and have decided to go back to teaching after subbing at many of the Catholic schools the past two years. I consider teaching Science at St. Cecilia my dream job. 

 

My early education was spent in the Catholic school system in Dayton Ohio. I graduated from Chaminade High School, and attended Wright State University where I received a B.S. in  Comprehensive Science Secondary Education.  My favorite quote ,  " I like the way you think."