Please join the SJB School Family in celebrating and congratulating Mrs. Gast on her retirement at the end of this school year!
Mrs. Gast has taught for 32 years! She spent 3 years teaching at an inner-city public school in California before dedicating 29 years of service to GRACE students and families! Mrs. Gast also served three years as a sergeant in the US Army. Mrs. Gast, THANK YOU for all the years of service to your students and to your country!
What are you looking forward to in retirement?
Spending time with my grandchildren, gardening, and traveling.
What is a favorite memory from teaching in Catholic Education?
One of my favorite memories is having my 5th graders (along with Mrs. Trester’s 4th graders) lead the annual Living Stations of the Cross for Resurrection School & Parish. Another favorite memory of mine is when the students were learning about Ecosystems/Biomes and we transformed our classroom into a rainforest. I will remember the service trips the classes took to Paul’s Pantry and the look of accomplishment and humbleness on their faces. Our fundraisers for the Ekodaga school in Ethiopia and personally bringing the backpacks and school supplies to them. As well as teaching and collaborating with the teachers in Ethiopia. I enjoyed bringing my travel experiences into the classroom to teach my students about other cultures and a world that exists outside their “small world”. And of course, all of the classroom animals I had during my teaching time at Resurrection School.
Any Parting words for your students and families?
I want to thank the St. John the Baptist School community for embracing me into your family. It was truly a pleasure and honor to finish my teaching career here. When you are surrounded by people that become your family it is difficult to leave. I want to thank the St. John the Baptist School community for embracing me into their family. It was truly a pleasure and honor to finish my teaching career here. When you are surrounded by people that become your family it is difficult to leave. “The mission of schools and teachers is to develop an understanding of all that is true, good, and beautiful”. Pope Francis”