Mrs. Simon stands smiling, outside her new classroom of 4th graders.

The beginning of a new school year always comes with excitement and changes for everyone. This fall, in particular, is very exciting for Mrs. Lisa Simon, who has joined the Providence Academy community as a 4th grade teacher. This opportunity is special for Simon because teaching at Providence has been a dream of hers for some time. Having known Lower School Director Mrs. Galgano and French teacher Mrs. Woodbury, she has heard so many great things about the school and couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to join the community.

Before coming to Providence, Simon worked at other local Catholic schools, teaching 3rd and 4th grade. She reflected saying, “I am really drawn to the deep faith component and how the faith is integrated in the classroom.” When Simon arrived at Providence, she noticed the same commitment to faith and was impressed by the positive atmosphere. She noted, “The sense of excellence that permeates the culture here; the expectation of excellence in academics, social interactions, and living out the faith makes me feel called to do the best that I can.”

Mrs. Simon in action as she teaches her 4th grade students in the classroom and through SimulClass. 

Simon is looking forward to deepening her relationships with her students, parents, and other faculty members. She commented, “I am impressed by how lovely the students are: so kind, polite, smart, and generous with each other.” She has felt warmly welcomed into the PA community by the helpful and patient faculty members and parents. Simon strives to inspire and instill confidence in her students just as her teachers did for her when she was little. She is excited and prepared to overcome any challenges that arise this school year with a positive attitude.