Grades 5 & 6

My name is Sister Marie Amata and I am a fifth and sixth grade teacher at St. James School. I am blessed to return to this school for my fourth 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 6th grade language arts, history and religion and 5th grade reading and history.

I am originally from Vermont, and I moved to Nebraska eight years ago to enter the School Sisters of Christ the King. This summer I had the great grace of making my perpetual profession. 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!

My name is Sister Mary Ruth, and this year I am teaching the St. James fifth and sixth graders Math and Science. This is my 10th year teaching, which includes teaching at St. James previously from 2015-2019. I am happy to be back again—to see many familiar faces and to see how the children I am teaching this year have grown since they were in the younger grades! I am serving at St. James part-time, and in the afternoons I return to the Motherhouse where I serve as our community treasurer and assist with other duties.

My favorite saint is St. Faustina, and I really enjoy reading stories from the Old Testament, including the Book of Ruth, my patroness. As a native of North Dakota, I still enjoy cool weather and snow. I also love fishing, especially at my family’s lake place in Minnesota. Some of my other hobbies are crocheting, reading, and playing games with my Sisters.  

One of my big goals this year in teaching Math and Science is to help the children experience awe and wonder at God’s beauty and order which is made present in the natural world He has created.