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Lower School teacher Cheryl Joloza recognized as "2018 Top Teacher"
Lower School teacher Cheryl Joloza recognized as "2018 Top Teacher"

Main Line Today magazine announced the "2018 Top Teachers Around the Main Line and Western Suburbs." Lower School teacher Cheryl Joloza was one of 15 faculty recognized by the publication. The story reads, in part:

Cheryl Joloza's love of the sciences was inspired by her microbiologist father and fostered by her teachers. Initially a researcher, Joloza moved to the classroom 23 years ago. She's spent a dozen of them at the Haverford School, where she teaches integrated science to fourth and fifth graders. "I try to make sure that there are real-world connections—not just discreet in-the-classroom science," says Joloza.

Joloza uses mini CO2  racecars and real-time volcanic activity as learning opportunities. Another time, she had students study the International Space Station and track its progress via iPad as it passed over the region. Her lessons often bleed into VEX Robotics, a program she's been involved with at Haverford for several years. Teams have placed highly in the region and gone on to the national championship. "There are so many unbelievable things happening outside of our school, and I knew that we needed to be a part of it," she says. "Robotics is just one of those things."

Joloza also facilitates the parent group Seeking Equity Through Education and Diversity. "We talk about the issues surrounding social justice, race, class and religion, and we really put ourselves out there," she says. "We take risks with some courageous conversations about difficult topics."

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