Bachelor's of Art in English and Environmental Studies, Allegheny College
Master's of Education, Slippery Rock University
Ms. Kowalik has been teaching at CASA for 5 years. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her family includes her parents, older brothers and their children, her husband and her dog. In her free time, Ms. Kowalik enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, reading, soccer, disc golf, cooking and eating.
What brought you to CASA?
Originally, I was intrigued by the diversity of the student body and the smaller class sizes. These two factors have proved crucial in cultivating strong, positive relationships between students and staff.
Where did you work and what was your role prior to coming to CASA?
I taught 10th and 12th grade English at a charter school outside of Philadelphia.
What is your favorite part of working at CASA?
I value getting to know each individual student. I also enjoy collaborating with colleagues.
What is your connection to the arts? How are you an artist?
I love to sing and dance (it's not pretty). I also enjoy writing in my spare time.
What do you feel is your impact on our school community, students, and culture?
My goal as a teacher is to make literature relevant and fun. I hope students see me as a positive influence who enjoys what she does.
What advice do you have for our students?
#1 Try your best. We are ALL in a constant state of learning: don't be afraid to try, even if you do not know the answer.
#2 Communicate with your teachers. We WANT to help you, but we cannot help you if we do not know you are struggling. Please don't be afraid to speak up.
#3 Be honest. Anyone can lie and get away with it, but there is a certain level of respect reserved for one who tells the truth--especially when the truth is hard.
Do you advise any clubs at CASA?
SAP; CASA Debate Team; Environmental & Sustainability Club
Fun facts about Ms. Flood:
I am the youngest of five (I have four older brothers).
I taught abroad in Ireland and The Virgin Islands.
I do not like bacon. Yuck.