Degrees and Certifications:
Fifth Grade Math Teacher Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, History Hendrix College, Conway AR 2005 Pre-K-Fourth Grade, Generalist TX 4th-8th Grade, all subjects TX Pre-K-4th Grade, Generalist AR 5th-6th Grade, Generalist, AR
Mrs. Faith C. Kasukonis
Mrs. Kasukonis begins her 11th year of teaching K-5 students and her 2nd year at CCES, also her 2nd in the Boerne Independent School District. Her certification is all subjects PreK through 8th grade. She is a native Texan, born and raised in Midlothian in the DFW area. She completed her degree in Early Childhood Education at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She has experience in kindergarten, fourth, fifth and third grades, but the majority of her experience has been as a first grade teacher. Teaching first grade has given her a very deep understanding of the reading process and teaching students of all ages how to be successful readers. Moving to the upper grades in 2014 she was able to take the reading foundations she had laid in young learners to deeper levels with comprehension and text connections, and it was truly satisfying to see students using the basic skills they were taught in first grade on such high levels.
In regard to math instruction, Mrs. Kasukonis was a struggling math student in elementary school. The "one size fits all" approach to math was not a good fit for her as a learner. When things became diffifult she began to believe she just didn't "get it" and never would. Unfortunately, some teachers helped to contribute to this low self esteem in math. This, however, is what makes Mrs. Kasukonis a dedicated teacher in the math classroom, as she is determined to ecourage and grow each student in this area. While teaching in Arkansas Mrs. K received three in depth years of training in Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI). She learned about children as natural problem solvers and mathematicians and their inherent ability to reason. Mrs. Kasukonis herself was able to see what had caused so much frustration in her own early education in math, which was a one way approach to problem solving. Mrs. K will approach math from multiple areas: problem solving and strategy sharing, mini-lessons with practice, and group work activities.
She began teaching in Fort Worth ISD (‘08-’11), then moved to Arkansas and worked in Rogers Public Schools (‘11-’16), then moved back to Texas to Boerne (‘16-present). She began at CCES in February of 2016 as a third grade teacher. “Mrs. K” is thrilled to be raising her family in a small Texas town so similar to the one she herself was raised. Her family consists of herself, husband Ben and their three children; all of whom attend Cibolo Creek.
Mrs. Kasukonis considers herself a lifelong learner, always reading about and researching the latest educational practices. She believes relationships are the main component in a successful school year for both the student and herself.