Teacher Feature on Ms. Lobasso
At which school in the district do you teach?
Stroudsburg Area School District
What subject(s) do you teach?
AP US History, Global Issues, 20/21st Century Globalization – however – over my career I have taught just about every social studies class that was offered in the past – economics, sociology etc..
What grade (s) do you teach?
How long have you been teaching at SASD?
This is my 23rd year.
What is one important lesson you have learned as an educator?
If you want students to learn in class, you need to:
- Make connections with students.
- Make class fun.
Once you have established a relationship with students, you can motivate them to learn by making class interesting. The rest will fall into place.
What is your favorite part about teaching?
Observing the growth of a student throughout the year. It’s amazing to me to see students mature, work on skills, and then master them. Ultimately, the relationships that I build with students is one of the most rewarding parts of the job.
What do you find most challenging about being a teacher?
The misinformation that exists online. Students are bombarded from the media with both accurate, but mostly biased information. Helping students navigate the legitimate sources from the illegitimate ones is one of the biggest challenges.
What is your favorite quote and what does it mean to you?
“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” – Winston Churchill.
This quote can be applied to all areas of life. To me, it means that being afraid or scared to do something is normal…it’s the body’s way of warning you of danger. However, when you make a decision to go ahead and do something that is fearful….well, that’s real courage. Courage does not mean you are not scared….it means that you do it despite the fear.
If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?