Jane Garvin teaches world history, geography and psychology at St. Joseph's Academy, but the impact she makes on her students go beyond her classroom.Garvin
says students learn best when they become involved in the material they're learning, so she
challenges them to take personal field trips to observe and participate with people about whom they are learning, especially in psychology class.
"Some may go to an Alzheimer's unit at a nursing home or visit a school with kids who have disabilities," Garvin
said."They say they learn a lot from the people there."
role as a teacher, Garvin sponsors clubs and activities that encourage students to understand area and global humanitarian issues. >Garvin
began sponsoring a service club called Angel Outreach last spring.In the past year, more than 300 students have become members of the club.One of the most popular activities in the club is working with Team Activities With Special Kids at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church.St. Joseph's students help children and teens with disabilities play various sports and take part in dance activities and other recreation each week.
Each month, the club posts a calendar with needs for volunteers."There are always kids in the hall outside my classroom signing up for various activities," Garvin
Garvin's latest plug for the needy is to raise awareness of a program called The Invisible Children Organization
, which talks about the plight of child soldiers in Uganda. Garvin
has invited a speaker to the school on Thursday who will talk about how children and young teens are being abducted by warlords in Uganda to be used as soldiers and be exploited in other ways.Garvin has taught at St. Joseph's for 16 years.