Teacher Feature: Mrs. Shannon Visnesky


Mrs. Shannon Visnesky (Middle School Math Teacher) is this week's featured teacher in our series: A Visit to the Teacher's Lounge! Here, we ask Grey Nun Academy faculty to answer seven questions about themselves to help our community get to know them better.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A TEACHER?

I love that each day brings about new challenges and new successes. I learn more and more about my students every day and what they are capable of. I even more so love seeing the progress they make over the course of a school year. 

 

DO YOU HAVE A TEACHING "MOTTO?"

Your mistakes don't define you, they help to guide you.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AS A TEACHER?

I want my students to embrace mistakes and reflect on them. I do not want them thinking they are, or need to be, perfect. My goal has always been to create a learning environment conducive to fun, support, and success through reflection. It helps my students to ask for help, show where they went wrong, correct a problem and continue to solve them. My hope is that it also helps them to identify what resources they need to be successful in the classroom.

 

WHAT IS ONE THING A TEACHER SAID/DID THAT YOU HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN?

I went to college to become a teacher; it was a dream of mine since I was in second grade. I wanted to be just like my second grade teacher when I grew up! One of my college professors told me I should switch majors, as I would not make a "good" teacher. I was doubling in Elementary and Special Education. I felt crushed and began to wonder if I chose the correct career path. I made it my goal to be the best teacher I could be. If someone told me I couldn't, I wanted to prove them wrong. I refused to let anyone get in my way of my dream. It made me work harder and strive to meet higher goals. No one can tell you who or what you should be. Set your mind to something, work hard, make mistakes, and reflect. You WILL succeed.

 

WHAT IS THE GREATEST SUCCESS YOU'VE HAD IN TEACHING?

Recently, a student wrote me a letter in class about the positive impact I've made in their life, especially in school. Day to day, when I am doing my job and what I love, I see the success but I don't always hear the "feelings" behind it. This was so meaningful and continues to give me purpose. This is how I know I am making a difference and it continues to fuel my passion for teaching. Maybe I should send this letter to that college professor of mine!

 

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING FOR ENJOYMENT?

I wouldn't necessarily say it's for enjoyment, but it's a must: Stress-Free Potty Training

 

WHAT IS A LITTLE-KNOWN/UNIQUE FACT ABOUT YOU?

My dad is from England (yes he has an accent) and I have two step sisters that live there!

 

 

Mrs. Visnesky holds a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from East Stroudsburg University and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Holy Family University,

 

For more information, please contact Mrs. Brittany Kane, Director of Marketing and Communications, at gnamarketing@gnaedu.org