Academics

Lower School

Experience shapes the brain and it is the school’s goal to provide opportunities for academic engagement that inspire students to think independently, as well as empowering them to apply information and be problem solvers.

The Lower School recognizes students as individuals with specific strengths and needs and views learning as taking place on a continuum. Children’s capabilities, interests, and current knowledge are foundations from which to begin inquiry. Lower School endeavors to create and maintain a community that supports learners’ curiosity, creativity, excitement and ownership of the process and strives to develop student’s lifelong pursuit of knowledge. The curriculum is chosen and designed to engage learners, build self-confidence, and promote good habits of citizenship.

Teachers work to set up classrooms to be learning communities where students can do the following:
  • Question
  • Grow personally
  • Feel comfortable in taking academic risks
  • Know that it is okay to make mistakes and that mistakes are an important part of the learning process.

First grade learners spend the majority of their school day with their homeroom teacher. They receive instruction in language arts, mathematics, social studies and science in that setting. Second and third grade students receive instruction in language arts and mathematics in their homeroom setting and receive instruction in social studies and science from a grade level teacher who concentrates in either social studies or science. Fourth grade students have a homeroom teacher. One of our fourth grade teachers provides instruction in language arts and social studies, while the other fourth grade teacher provides instruction in mathematics and science.

Specialists in first through fourth grade teach art, Christian Education, music, technology, library, Spanish and physical education. Fourth grade students may choose to begin orchestra. Because students need strong bodies to fuel strong minds, all Lower School learners have a daily recess period in addition to a daily physical education class. Research shows that play is linked to foundational skills and complex cognitive activities such as memory, self-regulation, oral language abilities, successful school adjustment and better social skills.

Lower school students also participate in grade level outdoor education trips. Beginning with a day trip in first grade, the student progress to cabin camping by fourth grade. Students learn safe living in the wildrerness while protecting and preserving the wilderness environment. The trips offer unique opportunities to appreciate God's creation and to build skills in leadership, teamwork, and community, The outdoor education curriculum and experiences build progressively through middle school, culminating in eighth grade with a ten-day backpacking trip.

The Lower School curriculum includes the following programs:
enVision Mathematics
Fundations
Handwriting Without Tears
HMH Into Reading
STEMscopes
Zaner-Bloser Word Wisdom

Lower School Faculty

List of 19 members.

  • Photo of Gloria Guerrero

    Ms. Gloria Guerrero 

    Lower School Division Head
    University of Texas at El Paso - Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Photo of Isela Boyle

    Mrs. Isela Boyle 

    Second Grade Teacher
    St. Mary's University - Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Biology
  • Mr. Jorge Cobos 

    Physical Education Teacher
    University of Texas at El Paso - Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
  • Photo of Sarah Cruz Blancas

    Mrs Sarah Cruz Blancas 

    First Grade Teacher
    University of Texas at El Paso - Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Photo of Michelle De La Rosa

    Michelle De La Rosa 

    Fourth Grade Teacher
    University of Phoenix - Master of Arts in Education
    University of Phoenix - Bachelor of Science
  • Photo of Desiree DeAngelo

    Ms. Desiree DeAngelo 

    Second Grade Teacher
    Texas State University - Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Photo of Ceci Garcia De Nino

    Sra. Ceci Garcia De Nino 

    Spanish Teacher
    Centro de Actualizacion del Magisterio - Bachelor of Science in Elmentary Education
  • Audra Hammond 

    First Grade Teacher
    Barclay College - Bachelor of Biblical Studies
    Barclay College - Bachelor of Elementary Education
  • Ms. Trish Jacobes 

    Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher
    University of Texas at El Paso - Bachelor of Arts in English and Kinesiology
  • Photo of Karen Laird

    Karen Laird 

    Fourth Grade Teacher
    University of Texas at El Paso - Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Photo of Jacqui Lee

    Mrs. Jacqui Lee 

    Third Grade Teacher
    Birmingham University, UK - Bachelor of Arts in Eng. Lit. Dance and Drama
  • Photo of Paige Mandell

    Mrs. Paige Mandell 

    Academic Technology Specialist
    Wayland Baptist University - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Photo of Mahrla Manning

    Mrs. Mahrla Manning 

    Music Teacher
    University of Texas at El Paso - Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Photo of Yoli Milliorn

    Mrs. Yoli Milliorn 

    Christian Education Teacher
    University of Texas at El Paso - Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Music
  • Photo of Lourdes Olivas

    Mrs. Lourdes Olivas 

    Spanish Teacher
    University of Texas at Arlington - Master of Social Work
    New Mexico State University - Bachelor of Social Work
  • Photo of Vera Ray

    Mrs. Vera Ray 

    Third Grade Teacher
    Our Lady of the Lake University - Bachelor of Business Administration
    University of Texas at El Paso - Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Photo of Mabel Weber

    Mrs. Mabel Weber 

    Visual Art Teacher
    UACJ - Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • Photo of Elissa Boldine

    Ms. Elissa Boldine 

    Director of Instructional Support
    University of New Mexico - Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Photo of Priscilla Pelking

    Mrs. Priscilla Pelking 

    Director of Curriculum and Innovative Technology
    University of Texas at El Paso - Master of Education
    Baylor University - Bachelor of Science in Education

St. Clement's Parish School

St. Clement's School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and the Texas Education Agency through the Texas Private School Accrediting Commission (TEPSAC).