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Mrs. Julie Cahalan

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Hello, my name is Julie Cahalan. This is my twenty-third year teaching at St. John Paul II Catholic School.  My first nineteen years were spent teaching fifth and sixth grade students. For the last three years I have been instructing our physical education classes and have provided learning support services to students K-6.  I graduated from Indiana University Southeast in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a minor in Recreation. I received my master’s degree in 1999 from Indiana Wesleyan University.

On a more personal note, I have been married to my husband Tony for 26 years and we have three amazing children. Over the years, Catholic education has played a major role in my family’s life.  My kiddos spent seven wonderful years in the halls and classrooms of St. Paul Catholic School (currently St. John Paul II) and continued their high school journey at Our Lady of Providence High School.  Currently my oldest daughter Lauren is pursuing a degree in nursing from Bellarmine University. My other daughter Lindsay is working in the medical field as a radiographer. My youngest child Cory is playing golf at Marian University on an athletic scholarship while majoring in marketing.

Experiencing St. John Paul II Catholic School as both a parent and teacher has been quite rewarding; I am proud to be part of this family.  Our parents, teachers, and staff work hand-in-hand to ensure success for all those who attend our school.  As a teacher, my main objective is to get my students enthused about physical education and to encourage them to pursue lifelong fitness.  While in my class, the students have opportunities to participate in both cooperative and individualized activities.  They engage in exercises that foster the development of flexibility, balance, agility, and coordination and learn that movement increases their heart rates and makes their muscles stronger.  They practice sport-related skills such as throwing, catching, and kicking while building muscular endurance. Grade appropriate curricular activities are also integrated into my P.E. class. These cross-curricular experiences target the Indiana and National Association for Sport and Physical Education Standards.

I am thrilled about teaching P.E. and feel honored and blessed to be a part of the St. John Paul II community where our mission is to nurture the spiritual and academic growth of the children in our care.