OMPH School 1st Grade students have a lot of fun! Math classes focus on counting forwards and backwards, addition and subtraction, even and odd numbers, and counting by tens. Word families, -ing words, and journal writing play a big part in first grade Language Arts. Crafts and STEM activities are also an important part of our students’ days in first grade!
Mrs. Kim Hoffmann, Teacher
My name is Kim Hoffmann. As the First Grade teacher at OMPH School, I am excited to be a part of your child’s development and education. After graduating from Holy Family College in Philadelphia, I taught in the School District of Philadelphia for 7 years. I taught Middle School, Second Grade, and my last three years I looped with my students from Second Grade to Third Grade to Fourth Grade, as their teacher for 3 years. I received my Masters of Education Degree from Gwynedd Mercy College, and I am a Certified Reading Specialist. My husband and I moved to Lancaster County in 2004, and I took some time off from teaching to be a stay-at-home mom. We have been active members of OMPH Parish since we moved here. I worked at OMPH for three years as a playground supervisor, substitute teacher, First Grade classroom aide, and PreSchool Teacher for 4 Years, before moving into the position of First Grade teacher in the 2019 - 2020 school year. My two children graduated from OMPH School, and now they are both students at Lancaster Catholic High School!
2nd Grade is a very special year spiritually! We prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. We also perform a deeply moving Passion Play for the whole school during the Lenten Season. Academically, we transition from the concept of "learning to read" to the idea of "reading to learn." In mathematics we spend time in all the strands: Numbers and Operations, Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability, Geometry, and Algebraic Concepts.
Mrs. Beth Eberly, Teacher
DIOCESE OF HARRISBURG GOLDEN APPLE AWARD WINNER!
The Golden Apple Award symbolizes a teacher’s professional excellence, leadership,
commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in Catholic schools.
My name is Beth Eberly and I am a graduate of OMPH School. I hold a teaching degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood from Millersville University. I have taught 2nd Grade at OMPH School for over 20 years and have been a lifelong member of the parish. It is a wonderful place to spend time learning, as both a student and a teacher.
Our 3rd Graders have many new things to learn that will help them grow academically and spiritually. They get to continue to build on their faith by learning more about God and Jesus’ teachings. They learn about the Apostle’s Creed and its meaning. At Christmas, the 3rd Graders perform a Christmas Nativity play! The play is such a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season. In Math, the children enjoy learning their multiplication tables and how to divide. They also learn about the regions of the United States and the different cultures that live within these lands. In Science, they get to learn about physical science by exploring matter and forces. They also get to learn about the universe and how organisms live and interact with the environment. Finally, the children learn how to write in cursive.
It’s a fascinating adventure.
Mrs. Ana Touloumis, Third Grade Teacher
Hello, my name is Mrs. Ana Touloumis, and this will be my third year as the 3rd Grade teacher at OMPH School. I am a veteran educator in Primary Education. I am also a mother of three children and four grandchildren. My youngest child is a graduate of OMPH School, Class of 2022 and is an incoming Sophomore at Lancaster Catholic High School this Fall. I was born and raised in New York City. Being a product of Catholic school education myself, I proudly practice the Roman Catholic faith. Along with a Graduate Degree from Fordham University, I also hold a Master’s in Childhood Education concentrated in Grades 1-6 and have an extensive background in Social Work. I taught for the Archdiocese of New York for 21 years as a 2nd and 4th Grade teacher. I am thankful and still excited to be part of the OMPH School faculty. I look forward to educating and learning from the students. Together, we will have a wonderful adventure!
During the year, 4th Grade students grow in many ways academically, emotionally and spiritually. Following the curriculum of the Diocese of Harrisburg, the students are introduced to many new concepts. The 4th Grade at OMPH School has a tradition of studying the saints and giving a presentation on All Saints’ Day.
Mrs. Jennifer Dodson, Teacher
Hello, my name is Jennifer Dodson and I am excited to be the 4th grade teacher at OMPH School. This is my 7th year teaching in the Diocese of Harrisburg. My degree is in Elementary Education with a certificate in Early Childhood Education from York College of Pennsylvania. I live in York with my husband and three boys. We are members of St. Joseph’s Church in York, where I am also a catechist. Growing up in the Catholic faith, I attended St. Patrick’s School and York Catholic. In my free time I like to read, scrapbook and spend time with my family. I am looking forward to working together as facilitators of learning for your children. I can't wait to get started on another fun year!
The 5th Grade students learn much throughout their year at OMPH School. In the area of Religion, the 5th Grade curriculum focuses on a deep understanding of the Seven Sacraments — the preparation, purpose, symbolism, and connection to Scripture. In Mathematics, 5th graders master the four-basic operations with 3 to 4 digit numbers, decimals, and fractions. Students also acquire problem-solving and critical thinking skills as they approach problems with a multi-step process. In Social Studies, students learn about Ancient Civilizations from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Renaissance time period. In Science, students learn scientific practices and content through hands-on learning in the Lab Learner Program. Modules in 5th Grade focus on Density, Forces, Work and Simple Machines, and Microscopes. In ILA, 5th Grade students learn how to use comprehension strategies while reading. Students also learn how to write for a variety of purposes and how to respond to grade-level text.
Miss Dottie Boyd
My name is Dottie Boyd. I was born and raised in Levittown, Pennsylvania. I have lived in Lancaster County for the last 24 years. This is my first year teaching in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Prior to teaching at OMPH, I taught in the Ephrata Area School District for fourteen years and then served the elderly as an Activity Coordinator at Pleasant View Communities for five years. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Millersville University and a Master of Science in Education degree from Wilkes University. In my free time I enjoy walking, reading, gardening, volunteering, and blessing family and friends with baked goods. I have received an incredibly warm welcome from the students and staff at OMPH School and am looking forward to a great new school year!