Grades 3-5 Teachers

Darci Hamann

Third Grade Teacher

I have taught 3rd grade at Our Lady’s Academy since 2002. I have my Masters in Elementary Education and love teaching here. I married my high school sweetheart, and we have a daughter and a son. I am a hockey mom for sure!! In my spare time I love to read, travel, attend my kids’ hockey games and tournaments, and spend quality time with my family and friends.

My educational philosophy is one that encourages each student to work hard, to collaborate with others, to demonstrate responsible work habits and organizational skills on a consistent basis while having a positive and respectful attitude.

My hopes and dreams for each of my students are for them to continue on the path of life-long learning. I want them to become well rounded members of society who know the importance of being charitable and respectful while living life filled with love, integrity, and faith.

Nicole Capite

Third Grade Teacher

My name is Nicole Capite and I have been a teacher at Our Lady’s Academy since 2018. I grew up in central Massachusetts, but I have been living in Boston since 2012. I went to Emmanuel College and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I then pursued my master’s degree in Special Education at Simmons College. In my spare time I love to read, bake, spend time with my family and friends, make crafts, and walk around Castle Island.

From a very young age I knew that I wanted to become a teacher. I had some really incredible teachers that inspired me to follow this dream and that have ultimately shaped me into the teacher I am today. These teachers made learning fun, created a comfortable and safe learning environment, encouraged every student to always try their best, and they were all a little silly. These characteristics are ones I carry into my classroom today in order to create a happy, fun, caring, and safe learning environment for all of my students.

My educational philosophy is one that motivates students to work hard, promotes kindness, and encourages independence through responsibility. In my classroom, I want my students to feel comfortable to make mistakes and to grow every day. In my classroom, I want my students to express their feelings and to be kind and caring classmates. In my classroom, I want my students to be proud of the things they accomplish and to take responsibility for their actions.

My hopes and dreams for each of my students is for them to always try their best, to be kind and caring friends, and to always believe in themselves. I hope that they leave my classroom feeling confident and ready to take on any challenge that comes their way!

Alicia Druid

Fourth Grade Teacher

This is my third year teaching at Our Lady’s. I have a 4-year-old Lab named Riley. I went to Merrimack College for my Undergrad. I am in the final year of my master’s program to get my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. I spend my weekends and most of my free time coaching marching band. This is my fifth year teaching fourth grade and I absolutely love it!

I believe that all children have the capacity to learn. There are many more outlets for student growth now more than ever before. School is a place where children learn academics such as math and writing, but it is also a place for students to find their own path in life. School shapes students through different influences like social interactions with their peers that shape their emotional connections to the world.

My personal goal for my classroom is to challenge my students to grow to their fullest potential. In my classroom, I want all of my students to have the freedom that allows for expression and creativity. I want to teach my students in a way that has some straightforward instruction, but that also gives them room to grow and expand on their own.

Olivia Hopkins

Fifth Grade Teacher

Olivia comes to us with very strong endorsements from Saint Jude families.  Olivia has her Undergraduate and Masters Degrees from Loyola University and holds certifications in regular and special education.  She taught grade five at Saint Jude School and is eager to become a member of our community.

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