The purpose of the Portrait of a Teacher is to provide a common language, mission, and standard for each teacher. It serves as our north star and all members of our community (faculty and staff) aspire to achieve this vision in a way relevant to their position. It is the promise that we make to each other, our parents, and most importantly our students. In creating the Portrait of a Teacher, it embraces our calling as lifelong learners and our earnest desire to grow and flourish. This Portrait of a Teacher aims to provide a clear articulation of the mindsets, skills, and knowledge when consistently applied with fidelity will demonstrate excellence in the classroom. Ultimately, the Portrait of a Teacher is a crystallization of what good teaching and learning looks like, sounds like, and feels like at St. Gabriel's Catholic School.
The Saber Way
At St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, teaching is a vocation. We believe it is our life’s purpose to educate children and form them in character and virtue. We are willing to address the challenges and obstacles that come our way through our solutions-oriented mindset. We are reflective versus reactive, which allows us to be responsive and proactive to the needs of our entire school community. We have a servant’s heart desiring to create a better school community that empowers our students to make an impact in the world as leaders. We are partners with each family, knowing that it is essential for a partnership to exist for the best possible outcomes to be realized. We strive for a mastery of our content and a passion for our craft. We demonstrate and model a spirit of wonder and discovery so that students can have authentic engagement in the classroom with real-world, hands-on instruction. We, as teachers, are animated by a pedagogical approach that deliberately and intentionally integrates social-emotional learning (SEL) every day into our teaching practice so that our students can become the best version of themselves. We are not simply subject-area experts, but rather, through this approach, we are called to build community, a sense of belonging, and a place where everyone is known, heard, and loved. We empower all in our school community to be mission-driven and provide the foundation for trust. The Saber Way creates and sustains the special community and superior educational experience at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. We are proud to be Sabers!