“Mrs. McNamera strives to see the individual in the crowd.”
“[Mrs. McNamara] knows how to have fun and to weave joyful learning into her happy classroom environment. She is especially patient with those children who need extra love. She is a bright ray of sunshine and stays optimistic even through tough challenges.”
“I watched in amazement as she calmly took roll while one of her students was leaning on her shoulder, giving her an “”arm hug”” in total adoration. I love her happy, warm, and positive way with children.”
“Mrs. McNamara has so many great qualities as a teacher but if I were to select just one word to define her, it would be love.”
“Mrs. McNamara had a life-changing influence for good on my son through her patience and love…She is also so much fun, smiley and happy which is a blessing to any first grader!”
Why do you love teaching at AHS? — I love being able to share principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and a love of our inspired Constitution with students. I work with wonderful people who share a love of truth and freedom. I also learn so much from my students!
What have you learned at AHS? — I’ve learned to rely on the spirit, the unity of the first grade team, the support of colleagues, and the dependability of others. I’ve learned to have a life-long love of learning!
Curriculum Highlight — I love Carlo Collodi’s story of Pinocchio. When we read that book together, we learn that no one is perfect – but as long as we keep trying and learning something from our mistakes and improve a little more each day, we’re on the right track!
Why Teaching? — My patriarchal blessing told me that’s what my Heavenly Father wanted me to do. So I guess it chose me!
What do you love about teaching 1st grade? — I love when a light goes on for a student, or a spark flares, or the desire to learn burns inside. First grade is a time of huge leaps in understanding and knowledge. As students begin to realize how things work, interconnect, and react, it’s really fulfilling to be a part of that excitement!
Family — I’m married to my best friend, Jeff and have 6 wonderful children and 10 amazing grandchildren. We enjoy the holidays together, especially eating delicious food and taking part in fun family traditions!
Hobbies — I love reading, sewing, swimming, camping, and temple work. I also enjoy gardening, riding my motorcycle, scuba diving & snorkeling, traveling, reupholstering/refinishing furniture, boating, water/snow skiing, and spending time with family. Years ago, I did some modeling, learned to surf and to hang glide, and worked for the Feds. I still want to learn how to pilot an aircraft, to paint, to dance, and Jeff and I are looking forward to serving several missions after retirement!
“I hope that every student with whom I have influence, realizes they are valued, loved, safe and able to accomplish anything with the help of the Lord.”
– Mrs. McNamara
Life Experience That Prepared Me To Teach at AHS
I didn’t have a positive experience in first grade and I believe it affected my attitude toward school for many years. I wouldn’t want any child to feel that way about school, their teachers, or learning. My eighth grade science teacher was very positive and encouraging. I knew then, I could do almost anything. I want to be a positive influence to students.