My name is Sister Marie Amata and I am the fifth and sixth grade teacher at St. James School. I am blessed to return to this school for my third year as I have come to know the teachers, staff, children and families at St. James as warm, welcoming and faith-filled people. This year I am teaching 5th grade language arts, math, and religion and 5th/6th science & social studies.
I am originally from Vermont, and I moved to Nebraska seven years ago to enter the School Sisters of Christ the King. It has been an immeasurable gift to belong completely to Jesus as a religious Sister.
One gift of teaching at the 5th and 6th grade level is witnessing the child-likeness of the students’ love for Jesus while at the same time their growing capacity to think more critically about life, faith and what they are learning. How exciting it is to watch the “gears” in their minds turning as they process a concept and make it their own!