Lower School Team
+ Mrs. Heather Golinsky
"It is not what is poured into a student that matters, but what is planted." This is the quotation that I chose when asked to find a line that summarizes my view of teaching. This quote has not only shaped how I teach, but has influenced my journey as a life-long learner as well.
As a C.S. Lewis and Tolkien fan, I believe that the wonder of God can be found anywhere. Whether I am teaching, writing, reading, sewing, gardening, hiking, or playing flute and ukulele, I am continuously planting seeds of wonder in myself and in those I am teaching.
I recently completed my Masters degree in Literature and want to share my own love of reading and learning with my students. I believe that learning is an experience like creating a cherished memory, one that is so powerful that you want to share it with the world. That is the kind of awe that I like to create in my students and hope to let thrive at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
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+ Q&A with Mrs. Golinsky
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
If I didn't have to sleep I would spend the extra time re-reading all of my favorite books, memorize the locations of all the constellations, and raise bats as pets.
What question would you most like to know the answer to?
There are too many questions to list, most involving the inspiration for my favorite literature, outer space, and the bottom of the ocean.
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
I could give a 40-minute presentation on Victorian culture/crafts with no preparation, but would much rather just read about it.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance of winning a medal for?
I could win a medal for the most confident singing of wrong lyrics to a song.
What have you only recently formed an opinion about?
I have most recently formed an opinion about how best to cook hot chocolate.
Ms. Nichole Usinowicz
Nichole Usinowicz is excited to continue teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and feels blessed to be a part of such an outstanding team of teachers. Ms. Usinowicz earned her BA from West Chester University, where she graduated cum laude in Early Grades Preparation: Preschool through Third Grade. She also holds a standard certification for Kindergarten through sixth grade. She began her teaching career as a Preschool teacher, and has since taught kindergarten and is now beginning her third year teaching second grade.
Ms. Usinowicz’s aspiration is to instill a passion for reading in her students. She believes that through such a passion, children grow into lifelong learners. When Ms. Usinowicz was in grade school, she had a teacher who passed along her love of literature, and it was that experience that set Ms. Usinowicz on the path of lifelong learning. She now feels it her duty to do the same for her students. She believes it is vital for students to develop a curiosity about all of God’s creation, and to be prepared and encouraged to investigate everything they find. Through a passion for literature, children can grow into young adults who actively seek to further themselves and their education by their own volition.
Mrs. Kim Marion
This school year marks Kim Marion’s sixth year educating young minds at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Mrs. Marion received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a minor in mathematics from William Paterson University, and in addition to 1st grade has taught kindergarten and third-grade for a combined total of thirty years in the Diocese of Paterson.
Mrs. Marion continues to share her love of learning through Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s classical method of education. This year, she looks forward to preparing the first-grade students for future success and an utter love for learning all their own.
Mrs. Marion is married with two adult children. When she is home Mrs. Marion devotes much of her time to her brand new grandson. In her free time she likes to devote her green thumb to the cultivation of her family garden.