Staff Member: Andy Kraft
Teacher, grade 8
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I am so glad to be part of the wonderful family of St. Mary of the Knobs Catholic School as the 8th grade teacher. I teach math and science for grades 7 and 8. I also teach religion to grade 8.
I taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade math, science, religion and art at St. Mary’s Catholic Academy in New Albany, Indiana for twenty-three (23) years prior to its closure. After SMCA’s closing, I moved to Our Lady of Providence High School for three (3) years as a permanent substitute teacher. After Providence, Principal Sheila Noon asked me to come teach the 7th and 8th grade math at St. Anthony of Padua in Clarksville, Indiana. I was at St. Anthony for two (2) years. This is now my fourth year teaching at St. Mary of the Knobs. Time flies when you are doing something you love!
I attended Indiana University Southeast and earned two undergraduate degrees. My first degree, earned in December of 1980, was a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts. I earned my second degree, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, in December of 1988 and added a Junior High Math Endorsement in 1992.
I am a member of St. Mary of the Knobs Parish which is where I married my husband, John Kraft, an attorney in New Albany, Indiana, and where our two daughters were baptized.
As a math and science teacher, my goal is to reach all students using a variety of approaches to teach problem solving, process and computational skills, and investigation strategies. I want all of my students leaving the eighth grade well prepared for high school. They need to be confident in their capabilities and knowledge in math and science. I also use religion and other unique moments to teach and reflect about spirituality, morality and ethics in an effort to help my students grow in their faith and values.
Eighth grade is a fantastic year. I look forward to creating many special memories with the eighth grade students, as they get ready to move on to high school.