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One of my fondest memories of high school is having my favorite teacher Mrs. Cascone as my teacher and counselor. I first met Mrs. Cascone during my sophomore year, she was my English teacher. Not only did I improve my English skills that year, I opened myself up to her and her impactful advice as a counselor. During my junior year of high school, I applied to be in National Honor Society in my school. I received the news that I did not make it in. To be quite honest, I was so devastated. I felt crushed, just as I had started my junior year. I felt like my goals I had already set for that year weren’t valid anymore.

I went and talked to Mrs. Cascone about how I was feeling. She could tell that I was in a slump, so she gave me the advice to work all of junior year to build up my leadership qualities. She advised me to start my own club. After thinking about it, I decided to start my own Spanish Club in my high school. I saw the need for Latino students in my high school to feel included. Even though I have left my high school, the Spanish Club at my high school now has students in it. My senior year, I made it into National Honor Society thanks to Mrs. Cascone. Mrs. Cascone has always been there for me, as a teacher, counselor, and mentor. She has always been a cheerleader for my successes and a shoulder to cry on for my failures. She saw the quality of leadership in me even when I did not see it in myself. Mrs. Cascone built up my confidence so I could succeed in my internship with Bank of America Student Leaders and at Fontbonne University. Due to Mrs. Cascone, I am the treasurer for a new student organization, the Latino Hispanic Union at Fontbonne.

The most admirable characteristic of Mrs. Cascone is her humbleness. She is always wearing herself out trying to help every student with their problems. She rarely takes time for herself. She always schedules time out of her day to check in on me. Even though she is in Kansas City and I am in St. Louis, she still manages to shoot me a meaningful text every once in a while. Mrs. Cascone made me the woman I am today. I wouldn’t be at Fontbonne University if it weren’t for her!

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”-Malala Yousafzai

Take care,





The Value of a Good Teacher

by Anna on October 12, 2016

in Academics

You have probably had the pleasure of being taught by an outstanding teacher at least a few times over the past years of your education.  They’ve gone above and beyond to make learning not a chore, but an adventure and experience not soon forgotten.  They taught content in an effective way that related to you.  You looked forward to their class (at least most of the time) and were sad when the school year was over and you wouldn’t have them anymore.  If you haven’t experienced this yet, first, I’m sorry; and second, I can almost guarantee you that you will at Fontbonne.

As a homeschooled student, I had a very different 12 years of education — I had the same teacher the entire time, my mom!  This not only created an amazing, close relationship with her and my only other “classmate”, my brother; it also paced and customized my learning to best benefit me.  We followed a school schedule that went from July 1 to June 30…but that allowed us to take time off whenever we needed to, and spend more time on a topic to fully grasp and understand it.  My mom was of the belief that learning isn’t just in a classroom or textbook; you can learn on vacation, too!  So multiple times throughout our school years, we incorporated historical sites and other famous places into our “pleasure trips”.  A big project for my brother’s senior year and my freshman year was planning and executing a seven-and-a-half week trip to and from Alaska with our grandma, which included financial budgeting, hotel booking, time management, being selective when choosing what “don’t-miss” attractions we wanted to visit, serving for three weeks at a Vacation Bible School camp for Native Alaskans, and documenting the trip through daily blogposts and pictures.  Two years later, I applied the same principles for a much shorter, but still incredible, tour of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s historic home sites in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Missouri.

My mom’s influence on my life as my teacher and parent has been profound, from instilling core values and beliefs to encouraging me to pursue my passions and be an independent thinker.  I must attribute my overall-successful transition to college and who I am in life to her.  But I also can’t leave out my dad. While my mom focused on and taught the classical subjects, like math, history, and reading, my dad taught me useful life skills that will be applied for the rest of my life.  I know how to operate a backhoe, drive up to a 12-speed manual transmission (and drive a 6-speed every day to Fontbonne!), persevere and not give up, and work hard.

My parents are not just that — they are my teachers, friends, mentors, and examples.  I am so blessed to have such an amazing dad and mom who continually support me, even now as I am away at college during the day and being taught by other people.  What I have gained from them is now being further refined, polished, and built upon by my professors at Fontbonne…and I am so grateful for that.




Thank You to the My Former Teachers

Thank you.

I want to say thank you to every teacher who has taught me. You have influenced my life starting when I was four years old. You assisted with the transition from one grade school to the next and middle school to high school and you put in all of your energy to make sure I was ready for college. You have shaped the student I am today and you have challenged me in more ways than any other group of people in my life. By pushing me to new limits, I have been able to grow and develop. Although we may have had our disagreements and differences along the way, your teaching styles have allowed me to learn to work with people of different thought processes to accomplish the task at hand. You taught me how to do simple to complex math, write a sentence to write a paper, read a word to read a novel.

By putting the time and effort into your lesson plans, you have not only done your job, but you’ve impacted my life. From pre-school to high school, you and your fellow teachers have encouraged me to accomplish all of my tasks ahead of time and you have instilled in me the values of working hard and submitting what is my best work. As a community, you have worked with your peers to make sure you were sending me on to my next school prepared.

On an individual level, you told me what was working and what needed to be improved. You were honest when I needed to rework an assignment and genuine when my work was superb. The relationships I have developed with my former teachers are relationships that I plan on maintaining for many years. As I am currently diving into my collegiate studies, I am thankful for the teachers who have taught me simple tricks along the way, such as PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally), times tables, writing checklists, reading responses, and many more.

So in conclusion, thank you for everything you have done for me as well as my peers throughout all of your years of teaching. Know your efforts are appreciated.


Your former student



Alumni Posts

New Students

by Alumni Posts on February 21, 2014

in Academics,College Life

The key to surviving college is to make a connection with your teachers! Your teachers have the power to give you an “A” or “D”. It is good to make a connection with them because you will be more comfortable asking them questions and that will help you to understand the work better. Another key to surviving college is TO DO YOUR WORK AHEAD OF TIME!! This is crucial if you want to stay on top of your grades. If something on a Wednesday but it is due on a Friday, do it on the day that you receive it and put it away. When you do this, you won’t feel under pressure to complete the assignment and you can sit back and relax while everyone else is biting the nails to get it done. This method also allows you to answer any questions about the assignment that you may have.


Learning Through Experience

by Alumni Posts September 26, 2011

So I’m currently taking a course called “Introduction to Classroom Teaching” and let me just say, it has done nothing but confirm to me that I was meant to be a teacher. It delves into the psychology behind classroom management and the different theories of how the mind develops through a child’s school years. But […]

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

by Alumni Posts September 16, 2011

Hello, everyone! I’m a transfer student. This is my third year attending college and my first at Fontbonne, and I gotta say, it feels so good to be part of a university again! Since the semester started, I’ve discovered a whole plethora of reasons why Fontbonne is the school for me. I’m having trouble just […]

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by Alumni Posts November 8, 2010

Ok, so I’m gonna pull out the transfer student card. Back home, teachers didn’t much care if you did well in class or not. Here, when you see teachers every day walking around or just in passing, you can’t help but form a relationship. They genuinely care how you do and are more than happy […]

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