What We Believe

Our Mission Statement



In the Learning Cafe we have an attitude of Gratitude. We collaborate with mutual respect and welcome every learner’s unique talents and ideas. With shared roles of teaching and learning, we create positive engagement built on the foundation of pre-determined learning objectives. Each learner is given academic responsibility and will take accountability for effort and behaviors in our classroom. Together we serve one another to support and encourage academic and personal growth. Our ultimate goal: To become independent learners who offer value through contribution in communities both large and small while developing confidence in communication in order to share thoughts and ideas that change the world.


This is Your Classroom. Make it your mission too!

When You Help Others, You Help Yourself


Meet the Teacher Leaders of The Learning Cafe

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Mr. Cronin

Hey everyone, my name is Mr. Cronin. I team teach with Ms. Beck. Together, we energize your learning and bring some excitement to your 8th grade experience! Not too long ago I graduated from Lewis University. I had a wide variety of adventures in college before I started teaching.

Then I began working at Summit Hill and enjoyed teaching math. Who knew my biggest adventure would happen before returning to Summit Hill? I had the amazing experience of teaching in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After a year of teaching aboard, I came back to SHJH, this time in the role of team teaching in Ms. Beck’s ELA class.

I am here to support every student as they navigate their way through the rigorous curriculum of reading and English. With two teachers in the room we are able to accomplish impressive academic goals. While you’re in class, you’ll find the focus intense and the time flies by quickly. The best part is, we have fun the whole way through

Outside of the classroom I love to spend time developing my creative side. A little music, a little acting, and a whole lot of new experiences lie beyond the school doors.

Read the rest of Mr. Cronin’s story here…

Meet Ms. Beck

Here’s a little something about me. I’ve been a teacher – and  many other things – over the course of the past 28 years. A daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a student, a (step) grandma, a cat lover, and so many roles in the past and present have made me who I am. And, in case you didn’t hear I am very, VERY funny!

I’m not sure what defines me more, being a teacher or being a learner, a student of life, if you will.  One thing I know for sure, is that teaching isn’t just a thing I “do” in my life. It’s who I am. I live and breathe teaching and learning of all kinds. When I’m not teaching, I’m thinking about teaching. When I’m reading, I’m reading about teaching. Heck when I retire, I want to keep teaching. On my free time, I’m learning, sometimes about teaching but also about other interests I have.

Read the rest of Ms. Beck’s story here…

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