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Cindy Wucher, English, Literature

Teacher

Professional Biography

I have been teaching for thirty-nine years, and I can't believe that I am going to use a cliche because I caution my students daily to avoid such poor writing techniques; however, it's really true that "time flies when you're having fun." I have to say that this occupassion of mine has been a great ride.


I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. After graduation I taught preschool for the summer, and then I took a continuing substitute position with the St. Louis Public Schools. While I was employed by this system, I taught kindergarten, third and sixth grades. Although I was encouraged by the principal to complete my third year as a probationary teacher to be tenured, I decided not to pursue this as an option for my future. There was something missing for me as a teacher. I was not meeting with much success in the classroom; I had no sense of a job well done.


At this point I took my first teaching position for the Archdiocese of St. Louis at Our Lady of Sorrows School where I taught third grade for three years. During the 1983-84 school year, I taught Language Arts at St. John the Baptist School. Since the 1984-85 school year, I have been a member of the faculty of St. Margaret of Scotland School. ( If you’re counting, that’s thirty-three years.) For nine years I taught English at the intermediate grade level. Then I took the sixth grade homeroom position which involved teaching English to grade 6-8. I was the eighth grade homeroom teacher for seventeen years. Currently, I have a seventh grade homeroom. What a fabulous group of young men and women they are!  While I continue to teach English for grades 6-8, I also teach an eighth grade literature class. After school, I coach the S.M.O.S. Bellarmine Speech Team. What an incredible team we have! I taught the grammar course for S.L.U.H.'s Upward Bound program for twelve years.


It is here at St. Margaret of Scotland School that I came to realize what was lacking for me in the past. Here I have been blessed with truly motivated students and supportive parents. I am surrounded by enthusiastic, interested learners and parents who want their children to be challenged to be good and godly young men and women. The diversity here is enriching, and the faith community has enlightened my spiritual journey. Because of my experiences here, I have come to realize that what I was missing was the knowledge of my true life’s assignment. Here I have embraced my mission. I am a Catholic school teacher!