Greetings! My name is Mrs. Rita Gazewood. My studies at Montana State University-Billings included a major of Elementary Education (K-8) and a minor of Reading (K-12). I explored various school structures and grade levels to find my teaching passion. My faith led me to Catholic education. My love of reading has brought me to the first grade level. Witnessing students emerging into literacy and guiding the process fills me with joy!
I have enjoyed being the first grade teacher at Our Lady of Guadalupe School for the past twenty years. As a teacher, a parishioner, and a parent, I’m thrilled to be in the midst of my twenty-first year as part of this amazing community.
Summer break was busy, busy, busy! It was filled with learning and joy! I spent some time tutoring students in reading, which is definitely a passion for me. It was wonderful to work one-on-one with students and to watch them grow. I also participated in some fantastic learning of my own. I am eager to apply this new learning to my teaching toolkit.
My daughter and I also took our annual trip to Montana to spend time with my mother and other family. Seeing my mother, who is in latter stages of Alzheimer’s, cuddle and care for her “baby” (doll), as only a woman with fifteen children of her own can, reminded me how the heart truly never forgets and that love knows no bounds. As the summer days wound down I looked to the new school year with gratitude and renewed energy.
I’m looking forward to another great year!