Mrs. Cochran - 2nd Grade
Hi! My name is Lisa Cochran. I am currently in my 3 rd year of teaching at St.
Joseph’s. I had the pleasure of teaching Kindergarten for two years wonderful
years and this year moved up to 2 nd grade! I have a husband, 2 children and a dog.
There is no other job in the world that I could ever picture or imagine myself
doing. Teaching is in my soul and fulfills me. In preparation for teaching, I started my college career off at Spokane Falls Community College. From there, I transferred to Eastern Washington University. I was not in the correct mindset there and was ready to be closer to my immediate family. I transferred to Central Washington University where I finished out my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading. I had some wonderful long term subbing experiences as well as the chance to be a substitute teacher for both Wenatchee and East Wenatchee school districts. I decided, while my children were young, to get my Master’s degree online through WGU. After completing that, my son’s Kindergarten teacher insisted that I apply to St. Joseph’s. It was an honor and a privilege to be offered a job here.
I believe that we need to educate the whole child and instill the values and virtues Jesus lived by. Children should be taught in a fun, safe environment. I am not only here to teach my students various subjects, but also how to be a successful member of society and acceptance, love and kindness for one another.
At St. Joseph’s I am allowed to bond with my students through God and love. I am able to pray for and with my students. I get to teach them to lean on one another, on God and on prayer. We have created a special relationship and understanding while also getting an education, in a fun environment.
Teaching at St. Joseph’s is unlike anywhere else. I have grown in my faith
and as a teacher in my 3 wonderful years here. I have gained a new family of friends and colleagues that is invaluable. I look forward to seeing where the future takes me here at St. Joseph’s.
- Physical Education
Robyn Demirijian / Sr. Lucia Hinojosa - 2nd Grade
Sister Lucia has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary education with a specialty in English, and a Masters Degree in Religious education (both English & Spanish), from Incarnate Word College, in San Antonio, TX. She also has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood education, from Texas A&M Universtiy. She has over 40 years teaching experience in grades K-8. She taught 3rd grade for 10 years, early in her career, but once she began teaching Kindergarten she found it was her area of strength. She taught kindergarten for over 20 years. Throughout her career, she has taught Religious education to elementary students.
Sister Lucia has always known that she wanted to be a teacher. She is the 7th of 16 children. She grew up in a very loving home with parents who stressed the importance of education to her and her siblings. Her mom would teach the neighborhood kids to read, and following in her mother’s footsteps, at the age of 10 sister Lucia set up a ‘classroom’ in her parents garage, where she too began teaching kids to read & write. All of her siblings finished school and went on to professional jobs, and four others beside her are teachers.
She so “loved the charisma of the teaching order, ‘Missionary Daughters of the MPV Mary’, and their philosophy to ‘bring love where there is suffering’. She joined the order in 1960, and Sister Lucia celebrated 50 years as a ‘Sister’ in the spring of 2010. In her own words, she describes her years of service as:“wonderful”…I have always felt loved, I have NEVER felt alone, and I am REALLY happy being who I am”.
One of the things that makes her such a great teacher is that she “teaches the whole child: emotionally, spiritually and intellectually, and she emphasizes respect for peers and authority,” in a structured but loving & compassionate manner.
Sister Lucia also teaches Religious Education on Wednesday evenings, to 4th-graders from the public school. She sees first-hand some marked differences between those kids and the kids here at St. Joseph School of the same age. She observes that: “Without the Word of God in their lives on a daily basis, many of those kids are empty…Everything we offer here at our school helps kids…The ‘whole-child’ centered environment, and the discipline taught from Kindergarten through 5th grade at St. Joseph School is consistent. St. Joseph students are well-behaved, respectful and polite, and there is a big difference in their eagerness to learn. Parents who send their children to St. Joseph are really interested in the education of their children. They send them to St. Joseph’s because Catholic education brings out the best in the child—not just for today—but for their lifetime”