As a former music major at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music who fell in love with modern dance and switched her course of study to reflect it, Rebecca Kameroski said she teaches her students at Newton Ransom Elementary School not to fear taking risks.
The fourth grade teacher earned a degree locally in elementary education from Marywood University, Scranton, a school respected for its offerings in the area of art.
To the Newton Township resident, the field of education seemed like the perfect fit.
Says Kameroski, “I thought education would be a good way to utilize my arts background and bring it into the classroom.”
The mom of three said she aims to enliven the elementary school curriculum by peppering it with dance and song. She loves watching her students become empowered when they learn something. And she especially appreciates hearing a parent say their child “loves Mrs. Kameroski.”
“I want my kids to find their specific talents and work on the things they need to work on. I also want to help them find out who they are and to not be afraid to take risks,” Kameroski said.
One advantage of teaching in the Abington Heights School District, she said, is that teachers support the arts. Parents are incredible advocates as well, she said.
To Kameroski, the arts go hand-in-hand with math, science and social studies. “If we didn’t have the arts, wouldn’t we be sad?” she said.
It seems Kameroski succeeded at her goal of introducing the arts to her students because several have returned to tell hershe has made a difference. “I have a lot of moments like that, and I feel lucky I’m a teacher.”
Her husband Peter Kameroski is also musically inclined. He owned the Electric Mind Shaft in Scranton since the early 1980s. The record store offered a collection of 200,000 albums. The couple met at Ohio State University and started a family that includes children: Kati, 34; Alex, 31 and Luke, 22 and two grandchildren: Evelyn and Becca.