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1st Grade

manosMrs. Mary Anne Manos
Mrs. Mary Anne Manos has been teaching first grade at SSJ since 1992. All four of her children graduated from SSJ, and she believes it is the wonderful community here that helped mold them into the young adults they are today. She says simply that “SSJ is an amazing school. I am proud to be a teacher here, helping create the young adults of tomorrow. Although first graders spend a lot of time reading and writing, my students and I make religion a part of everything we do every day. I teach children about their faith and how it will affect them in every decision they will make. I believe faith is an important aspect of their lives and should be integrated into all subject areas. The SSJ community is strong and supportive. We all work together to raise responsible, self-disciplined, and loving children. I am extremely proud to be a teacher here at SSJ.”


Mrs. Sally Estfan
Mrs. Sally Estfan began teaching 1st Grade at SSJ in 2010. She says, “I am attracted to the ministry of teaching because I enjoy helping and serving people. I particularly enjoy working with children. For me, teaching is an act of serving young people and their families. I want to teach in order to make a difference in our world. I have been part of the SSJ community for several years as a parishoner. My husband and I were married at SSJ. Our children were baptized, attended Sunday School, and attended elementary school here. Prior to teaching first grade, I first served as a volunteer in different capacities and then as a teacher’s aide for four years. I love this community.”

Mrs. Carolyn Escobar
Mrs. Carolyn Escobar began teaching 1st Grade at SSJ in 2017. She taught in public schools prior to having her children. She says she started teaching because she wanted to make a difference in young people’s lives. She loves teaching first grade!
She attended SSJ as a child and currently has all three children attending school here as well. She loves the community at SSJ and this is what brought her back when she was looking for schools for her children to attend. She says “This community is like a big family and is always warm and welcoming to new families.  I love SS. Simon and Jude! It has always felt like home to me since I started school back in kindergarten and still does today as a parent and teacher! I’m so proud to be a part of this community!”


  • Focus on Developing a Relationship with our Loving God
  • Discipline With Purpose Skills: Listening, Following Directions, Asking Questions, Sharing, and Social Skills
  • Spalding: Phonograms, Spelling, Handwriting,Writing and Reading
  • Math Skills: Addition and Subtraction, Time Tests, Problem Solving, Time, Money, Geometry and Fractions
  • Eighth Grade Buddies
  • Art Projects
  • Halloween Costume Parade
  • Christmas Pageant
  • “Specials”: PE, Music, Library, Spanish, and Art Masterpiece
  • St. Patrick’s Day Carnival
  • Graduation Mass and Breakfast with Eighth-grade Buddies
  • SSJ Recommended Reading List – Level 1