Meet Miss Caligiuri 

This is my third year teaching and my second year at St. Augustin. I teach 6th grade reading and language arts and 7th grade language arts. I grew up in Des Moines, and I attended St. Augustin for elementary and grade school. Everyone on my mom's side of my family attended St. Augustin, so it seems only right that I came back to teach! I graduated from Dowling Catholic before attending Bradley University for my Bachelor of Arts. While there, I competed on the Bradley Speech Team, which is the most successful collegiate team in the country. 

What I enjoy most about teaching: My favorite thing about teaching is having fun with my students. I don't see a reason for reading, writing, and grammar to be "boring", and when I'm teaching, I do my best to keep things entertaining! 

A funny story: I'm a HUGE grammar nerd; when I was in 6th grade at St. Augustin, I told my teacher that I diagrammed sentences in sidewalk chalk on my driveway. She told me I should probably keep that to myself! I also still have my grammar notebook from middle school. I've learned that it's ok to be silly and a little crazy when it comes to teaching grammar. Often times, that's what makes students remember things the most!

What I enjoy doing outside of school: I have three cats: Maya Angelou, Harper Lee, and Truman Capote. They like to run around my apartment, chew things, and star in my PowerPoint lessons. Outside of school, I like to snuggle with them. I also like to read, watch TV, and volunteer at the Animal Rescue League.