Hi! My name is Allison Weis and I teach 1st grade. This is my 3rd year at St. Bernard. I feel so fortunate to work in such a great community. The children, teachers, administrators and families are all amazing. Apart from teaching 1st grade, I have experience teaching 2nd grade, 2nd grade bilingual, pre-k, and even high school ESL/Spanish. I attended St. Edward’s University in Austin and then continued my education in Washington, DC at George Washington University to earn a Master’s in Education. I stay busy raising my three children, Emery, Anna and Owen. My youngest, Owen, is in 5th grade here at St. Bernard. I love music, traveling, and anything related to nature. Some of my family adventures have been: climbing to the highest peak in Texas with two little kids in tow (while the other one ran up the mountain), canoeing 6 miles down the Brazos River with a bunch of Girl Scouts, parasailing in California (I would never have done this if my children had not talked me into it!), and cooling off in swimming holes in the Hill Country (yes, somehow I went off the rope swing).
I feel it is so important that children spend time outside and connect with nature. This is why I love taking my 1st grade students to our school garden and to the POP Community Garden right next door. As a teacher, my goal is to instill a love of learning and discovery. I try to make my lessons child-centered and hands-on as much as possible. Teaching learning strategies is also one of my favorite things to do. I do feel that before any learning can occur, it is essential to create a caring classroom culture so all the children feel valued and safe taking risks. I hold my students to high standards and they always reach or exceed my expectations. We talk about how to be a caring and compassionate person on a daily basis, just like Jesus was. I feel so fortunate that I can teach in a faith-based school and be surrounded by such loving and supportive people.