Catherine Martin Loew graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in Spanish, and later from UMASS Boston with a Master’s degree in ESL Bilingual Studies. She spent 2 years teaching English as a Second Language in Sevilla and Pontevedra, Spain, and 3 years teaching in New York City, Hong Kong and Kyoto, Japan. She also taught first and second grades in a bilingual Spanish program in Waltham, MA, with children from many countries. Mrs. Loew has been teaching ESL at Byam and Center Schools since 2010 and enjoys participating in the Byam Variety Show. She also enjoys singing and using poetry with her students, who range from Kindergarten to fourth grade. She is a member of TESOL and MATSOL and attends their conferences each year.
“I want my students to feel proud of the fact that they speak two languages, and to feel comfortable and confident growing up in two cultures. These students (and their parents) have a unique perspective to offer their teachers and peers; they enrich our school community. I really enjoy learning about their home countries and cultures. I try to give my students the opportunity to tell me what’s on their minds and discuss difficulties they may be having in the classroom. It’s important for them to know they can count on me for both emotional and academic support. It’s also very important for me to communicate with the homeroom teachers so that together we can decide how to best meet their needs.”