Mary Johnson

Technology & 7th gr Religion Email: 

Technology Teacher 1997 - Present

Education: Canisius College, BA - Communication (1985); AIB Certification LOTUS 1.2.3 (1989)

Experience: Catholic Academy of West Buffalo

Philosophy: I believe that DOING is the way to learn Technology, hands on experience is the best way for students to master technology instead of technology mastering them. The purpose of the technology program at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo is to prepare our students for the future. That's a pretty tall order since it is widely believed we are training students for jobs that don't yet exist. There are basic foundations that are universal, however. We use Google Drive which incorporates word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, drawing/creativity software, and many others. In first grade students are introduced to Word Processing, they are always so excited to see their name appear in a Wordart format. By third grade students are inserting and formatting Word Art and graphics. We continue to build on those skills throughout the next few years. Additionally students create spreadsheets using Google Sheets, create presentations using Google slides and learn to use the Internet as a research tool as well as safe, educational entertainment resource.

Mitchell Kapor once said, "Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. " The aim for this year is to teach the students to use the information available on the Internet in a wise and discerning way. The student shouldn't drown trying to sip from the information available, and  yet they must learn to decide which websites are reliable. To this end students in grades 2 - 8 will do more researching and writing throughout the school year. This will be integrated with Core Curriculum requirements.

7th and 8th Grade Religion, 2006 - Present

Philosophy: As a “Cradle Catholic” I enjoy sharing my faith and my Church with the students. The best way to understand Jesus as Savior is to learn about His life here on Earth. 7th Grade spends the year learning about Jesus as human and what we know as presented in the New Testament. 7th Grade culminates at Pentecost, the beginning of the Church, and 8th grade picks up that thread with the Formation of the Church from her Apostolic roots through modern day and Postmodern day history.