2nd Grade

Paula Gabriel

2nd Grade Teacher

Welcome Letter

Educational Background & Certifications:

I attended Catholic schools from Kindergarten to 9th Grade, which provided me with insight regarding the benefits of a religious education. In high school, I focused on College Preparatory classes and the arts, and was assigned to a visual arts homeroom. I graduated with honors from Dieruff in 1971. 

I then majored in Fine Arts and Art Education at Wilkes College (now a University), and earned a degree in Fine Arts and Instructional I in Art Education, graduating magna cum laude in 1975. While teaching at a co-op preschool called The Children’s School, I earned a Nursery/Kindergarten license from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 1981. I also taught preschool at Apple Tree Nursery School before moving back to the Lehigh Valley in 1988 and being hired to teach Pre-K at Holy Infancy. 

When I moved up to second grade in 2005, I worked toward my Instructional I in Elementary Education from DeSales University, earning it in 2012. Since then, I have taken 24 credits through online graduate-level courses from local Intermediate Units, and should receive my Instructional II certification shortly. 


I always enjoyed working with children, helping my aunt who had 11 children, by assisting with caring for her handicapped daughter and young children, and also working as a baby-sitter while in high school and college. 

Initially, I taught Pre-K at Holy Infancy from 1988 to 1999, served as Director of Development from 1999 to 2005, then moved on to teaching second grade and remain there currently. 

To maximize instruction in my classroom, I often integrate technology, hands-on strategies, and the arts, with core concepts set forth by the Diocese of Allentown and the PA Department of Education in my curriculum. I love teaching in a Catholic School because I can be free to provide spiritual learning and guidance to my students.  

I am married to a wonderful man named Julius, and have a 41-year-old autistic son, Mick, who lives at home. We belong to St. Paul’s Church in south Allentown.

My interests are solo (cantor and soloist for funerals and weddings) and choral singing (St. Paul’s, Cathedral, Diocesan, Dieruff Alumni choirs, and Angelorum small women’s choir), aerobics (I teach step aerobics twice a week), theatre, and art. I also serve as Cubmaster for an after-school Cub Scout program twice a week with a Scout Master who is also a parent, Mr. Ron Yeakel. I am the school’s ADLTA (lay teacher’s association) representative.


Grade 2 students attend Banana Factory 6-week Arts Integration Program in the spring.

What We Learn

Religion: Sadlier “We Believe” program
Mathematics: McGraw Hill “My Math” program and Diocesan problem solving portfolios Academy of Math computer-based program.
Istation: Computer-based Reading program
Spelling and Phonics: VōWac, Vowel Oriented Word Attack Course
Reading and Grammar: Harcourt Storytown program
Writing: Harcourt and Diocesan writing portfolio assignments
Handwriting: Writing Our Catholic Faith program, which transitions from Manuscript to cursive
Social Studies: Diocesan Curriculum with “Studies Weekly” (America’s New Textbook)
Science: Diocesan Curriculum with technology and literature-based resources
Art and Music: Integrated with curricular subjects as often as possible
Physical Education: Weekly, taught by Mrs. Alice Fowler