Mrs. Valerie Jopeck
BA, International Studies, American University; MA, International Transactions, George Mason University; MS, Information Sciences, University of Tennessee
I came to teaching mid-life, after a career as a social science researcher for the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine and taking time away from paid work to be at home with my three sons. I returned to graduate school when our youngest children entered preschool and earned a master's in information sciences along with my teaching license in Virginia. I worked as a school librarian with Fairfax County Public Schools for several years and joined central office administration as an education specialist for two years before recognizing that returning to work with students on a daily basis was my strong preference. Serving as the technology teacher at OLGC lets me use the other half of my information sciences training, although I maintain a foothold in school librarianship by teaching a graduate course in school library management for my alma mater.
Faith in Action
It fills me with joy to be in a job where I can fully live my faith through actions both small and large. Praying with students at the beginning and end of each class or activity is a special privilege that comes with working in a parochial school and one I do not take for granted.
Favorite Teaching Moment
I love it when kids who have traditionally struggled find their own genius in moments of hands-on tinkering and design thinking.
Really good hummus with pickled vegetables and warm pita!
Favorite Activity Outside of School
I like to go to the beach with my family.
Fun Fact About Me
I'm originally from Hawaii and my husband, children, and I go back as often as we can.