Ms. Strinko has been teaching ELL classes in Vietnam for the past year and she also taught 5th grade Reading, Writing, and Science in the United States for 3 years. She was part of a curriculum development team, coached basketball/soccer, and started a writing club. Ms. Strinko has a BA in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University. 

What brought you to the teaching profession?

As a teacher, your work immediately impacts another human life. That human life influences another and another—and ultimately, it’s a never-ending cycle. I love teaching and giving back to the community. I want to make a contribution to their lives that will make a positive and lasting impression that will steer them to believe in themselves and accomplish their dreams.

What do you like about living in Vietnam?

The people, landscapes and food. Every person you meet is kind, helpful and hospitable. There are charming cities, beautiful beaches, glorious mountains and mesmerizing rice plantations. Plus the food is unique and delicious.

What is important about fifth grade?

5th grade is important because it is the last year of elementary school. It is an important time for students to cement the skills they have gained throughout the upper grades and lay a solid foundation for their middle school education. Fifth grade is all about helping students practice, refine, and grow their skills. They are encouraged and expected to be more independent in their learning. This is a time for students to shine and show their leadership skills.

Ms. Danielle Strinko

International Elementary Teacher, Grade 5

What do you like about working at St. Mary’s?

I love the St. Mary’s community. The administrators, teachers, students and parents make it a very special place to work. Everyone is helpful, positive, friendly and hard-working. St. Mary’s students are the best learners. They are active, engaged and enthusiastic about their learning. I can’t wait to meet them all in person!

What would you eat if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life?

If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, I would choose cheeseburgers. They are delicious and remind me of home. There are also a lot of varieties, so I would never get bored!

We’re so glad to have Danielle as a part of our team here at St. Mary’s!

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