"Tom Styles has been teaching 5th Grade at St. Helen’s School for 4 years.
His classroom is full of excitement, energy and enthusiasm. He brings out the best qualities in every student
he teaches. Tom clearly loves being a teacher. He loves his job. Last year, it was no surprise
to his students and colleagues, that he was named a News Channel 13 Educator of the Week in the Capital Region.
His dedication for the school goes beyond the classroom. Last year, he envisioned
and put together a month-long Summer Arts and Education Program at St. Helen's School for children in 1st - 6th
grade. Each week was devoted to a separate theme –
Holidays of the Year – Children celebrated Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Easter, and Halloween
Drama – The children put on a fun performance of The Shoemaker and the Elves.
Water Fun – Everyone enjoyed water balloons, and sprinklers galore.
Sports – Children had a chance to play all sorts of organized games.
The program was met with a positive first-time success. Enrollment was near
the maximum 25 children per week. He had Junior Helpers – older siblings of the enrolled children and past
St. Helen’s Graduates. The children were constantly on the go either doing a craft, singing a song, playing
in the gym or engaging in organized games. It was a month of pure fun and cooperative learning.
This summer, Tom again brought children together for 4 weeks. This year, the
word had gotten out and the program filled up quickly. Enrollment was at capacity each week and unfortunately
some children were put on a waiting list! Energy-filled activities revolved around these themes: Creepy Crawlers,
Pirates, Seasons and Drama.
I know that Tom will put the same amount of energy and enthusiasm into establishing
a Summer Program for you as he has done at St. Helen’s School."
~ Parent & Local School Staff Member