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
Hi! My name is Kim Hoffmann. As the 1st Grade teacher at OMPH School, I am excited to be a part of your child’s development and education. I grew up in Montgomery County and worked in the Preschool classrooms at Holy Redeemer Child Care Center during college. After graduating from Holy Family College, I worked as a substitute teacher and then a classroom teacher in Philadelphia for five years. I received my Masters of Education degree from Gwynedd Mercy College and am a certified Reading Specialist. I moved to Lancaster County in 2005 and took some time off from teaching to be a stay-at-home mom. I have been an active member of OMPH Parish since we moved here. I worked at OMPH for three years as a playground supervisor, substitute teacher, and First Grade classroom aide before moving into the position of Preschool teacher, and now First Grade teacher. My two children also attend OMPH School!
Mrs. Bambi Hoover, First Grade Aide
My name is Bambi Hoover and I am the First Grade Aide at OMPH School. I have been a parishioner of OMPH for five years and was a parishioner of OLOL for 10 years. I have a daughter who attends college at Franciscan University, Steubenville and a son who has attended OMPH School since he was 3-years-old. I have volunteered over the years at OMPH School and other schools that my daughter attended. I taught 3rd Grade Sunday School at OMPH this past school year and it was amazing! I love teaching the students religion and watching them grow in their Faith; it is truly a blessing working with children. I am honored to be a part of OMPH School. I look forward to watching the children grow and see the excitement on their faces as they learn. OMPH has an amazing and loving staff and I couldn’t ask for anything more!
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. Currently, I teach 2nd Grade Religion, Language Arts, and Mathematics. I also teach 3rd Grade Religion.
Our 3rd Graders begin the school year learning their multiplication facts. By the end of the year they will begin division. They learn about different cultures and use art to show what they are learning. In Science, they explore the solar system and matter. Religion class focuses on learning the Apostles Creed and its meaning. At Christmas, our 3rd Graders perform a Christmas Nativity play! The play is such a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season. Cursive is being taught and the children are very excited to use this skill.
Mrs. Ana Touloumis, Third Grade Teacher
Hi, my name is Mrs. Ana Touloumis, and I am the 3rd Grade teacher at OMPH School. I am a veteran educator in Primary Education. I am also a mother of three children, and my youngest will be a part of the OMPH School community this year. I was born and raised in New York City. Being a product of Catholic school education myself, I proudly practice the Roman Catholic faith. My family and I have recently relocated to the Lancaster area. 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 have taught for the Archdiocese of New York for 21 years as a 2nd and 4th Grade teacher. I am grateful and 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 new 4th grade teacher at OMPH School. This is my 5th 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. Thanks for welcoming me to your school.
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.
Mrs. Theresa Sheckler, Teacher
My name is Theresa Sheckler. I teach 5th Grade at OMPH School. I am a member of St. John Neumann Parish. I am a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University with a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education. I also have my Masters in Reading that I obtained through Towson University. I have ten years of teaching experience, two of those years teaching at OMPH School. I have two sons and my husband is a native of the Lancaster area. I love teaching at OMPH because of the faith- based environment sustained by supportive colleagues and parents.