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Ms. Tara Gilliam - Third Grade & 4th Grade Science Teacher

Hello! My name is Tara Gilliam and this is my sixth year at Saint Mary Star of the Sea School. The nurturing staff and friendly students easily make you feel right at home at Saint Mary's. I teach third grade and enjoy every minute with my students. I also teaching Science to fourth grade students using the Nancy Larson Science program. I truly enjoy seeing our students explore marine science life on our learning pier. What a blessing to be able to utilize the natural resources here on the water! I also sponsor the Virtue Club and I work in the After School Care program.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and going to the beach. There's nothing more relaxing than your toes in the sand! I am a big Major League Baseball fan and have cheered for the Baltimore Orioles since I was a young child. I also enjoy watching college football cheering on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

I am a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. I hold a Bachelor's of Science degree in Liberal Studies: Elementary Education (PK-6th grade). Saint Mary's offers a unique learning environment where I can utilize the formal training I have received in a positive manner. I eagerly anticipate this new academic year and can't wait to see what God has in store for all of us!

Mrs. Covert - Fourth Grade & 3rd Grade Social Studies Teacher

My name is Karen Covert and I have been a teacher for 30 years. I have been a fourth grade teacher at Saint Mary Star of the Sea School for eleven years. I started my teaching career at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in Virginia Beach. After many years of living in the Shenandoah Valley, our family decided to move back to the Peninsula, an area my husband and I loved very much. I am a new grandmother and love my new grandson.

I enjoy working with students not only in my class, but in other grades as well. Teaching third grade Social Studies has been an enriching experience and I enjoy getting to know this group to prepare them for fourth grade.

I am a 1985 graduate of Longwood University with a degree in Elementary Education and a reading specialist certificate. I enjoy working with the faculty, staff, parents, and students of our school, and feel blessed to be a part of Saint Mary Star of the Sea School!

Sister - Fifth Grade Homeroom Teacher & 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher