Grade 3 – Lauren Traut
Mrs. Traut started her journey in education in North Carolina, earning her bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina. She is certified in Elementary Education. In addition to being a teacher, Mrs. Traut is currently a student at West Chester University, and hopes to be receiving her Master’s in literacy with a certification in reading.
Although this is Mrs. Traut’s second year at Saint Agnes, she comes to Saint Agnes with over 15 years of teaching experience, most of which was in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She has taught Kindergarten through seventh grade. This will be Mrs. Traut’s fourth diocesan school that she will be teaching in.
She has lived in Pennsylvania for 18 years. She loves to spend time with her three children and her husband visiting amusement parks and making memories. When she is not teaching she is studying to be a better teacher, reading a good book, and enjoying time with family.
Grade 3 – Mrs. Christine Collins
Mrs. Collins started teaching here at Saint Agnes School in August, 1994. Prior to that, Mrs. Collins was an aide in second grade at St. Joseph (Downingtown) for two years.
Mrs. Collins received her teaching certification in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from West Virginia University. She has also received Elementary Education certifications in the states of Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee. Along with a BS degree, Mrs. Collins holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Neumann University. To keep current with teaching methods and curriculum updates she attends yearly workshops, and conferences. Presently, as a teacher of mathematics, she participates in the FAME, (Foundation for the Achievement of Mathematical Excellence) program consisting of graduate courses for the teaching of mathematics. Most recently, Mrs. Collins, was a committee member for the Blue Ribbon Award for 2015, given to only 50 private schools in the country. The announcement was made in September 2015 by the Secretary of the Department of Education, Arne Dunn, that St. Agnes was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for 2015. Mrs. Collins and several colleagues traveled to Washington, DC in November 2015 to receive the award.
Giving witness to faith by sharing the message of Jesus Christ and educating students through a rigorous curriculum relevant to real world experiences in the 21st century defines Mrs. Collins’ philosophy of education.
As a teacher, her role is to guide the students through the instruction of curriculum, expose them to new experiences, model the behavior she strives to see in them, encourage them always but particularly when they lack the confidence to achieve, place reasonable expectations on them, assess, as needed, to show growth and understanding of subject material presented and to teach them to follow the ways of Jesus by respecting others and by being responsible for themselves and their actions.
As a member of St. Elizabeth Parish, Chris is a Eucharistic Minister.
Chris and her husband Tim, along with their three children have lived in Pennsylvania for twenty-one years. Ryan, Megan, and Erin attended St. Joseph School, Bishop Shanahan High School and Penn State University.
When not teaching third grade, Chris enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading a good book, working out, relaxing on the beach, tending her garden, or watching college football especially PSU, ND and WVU.