Academics
Today’s college-bound student needs to know how to be a critical thinker, to develop analytical and problem-solving skills, and to communicate effectively using 21st-century tools.

Saint Ursula Academy provides young women with the optimal learning environment to address these needs. Enthusiastic and talented faculty members who are experts in their fields integrate the uses of technology to engage the “digital minds” of today’s student – students who have grown up using technology.
 
Four year College Prep Programs:
  • Art
  • Chemistry
  • Design
  • English
  • French
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Theatre
  • Vocal and/or Instrumental Music

 

 Photograph courtesy of Dianne Bomar, The New Studio
 
 
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses:
  • American Government
  • Biology 
  • Calculus 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • Latin Literature
  • Macroeconomics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Studio Art
  • United States Government and Politics
  • United States History
All courses are college-preparatory.

For college-bound, highly motivated young women who have dyslexia or other learning disabilities, we offer an Educational Service Program that provides support services for these students to experience the full range of our curriculum. These students take classes (including honors and AP, if appropriate) and receive support from the Educational Services specialists. Special requirements and additional fees are required. For information about the Educational Services Program, contact Ms. Geri Walsh at 513-961-3410, extension 135.
Teacher of the Month
Geri Walsh


Grade level(s) 9-12

Clubs you moderate: I no longer moderate any clubs, but I served as Freshman Class Moderator for over twenty-five years. I also have moderated Hands Across Campus, World Affairs and German Club (even though we did not have a German course!)

Favorite movie or tv show: Drama: Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife Comedy: The Daily Show and Colbert Report Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird (It is also one of my favorite books.)

Books you are currently reading or favorite author: I am reading a couple of books right now – The Dyslexic Empowerment Plan by Ben Foss, Christmas with the First Ladies by Coleen Christian Burke and Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon

Favorite restaurant or type of food: The two restaurants I really like are located next to each other – Primavista and Incline Public House – Great food with a wonderful view!

Why did you want to become a teacher? Did anyone have influence in your decision to teach? I have always enjoyed reading and learning. When I was in high school I helped out with my sisters’ Girl Scout and Brownie troops, and I realized that I worked well children and adolescents. I also was very fortunate to have some really great teachers in grade school and high school who inspired me.

If we came to your class of a typical afternoon, what could we expect to see? I work with students mainly in Social Studies courses and Spanish. You also might see me working with students on Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Physical Science, and Chemistry. Before Mrs. Balz came to St. Ursula, I used to do all the Lit, so I have read most of the short stories and novels the girls read.

Describe your teaching style: Since I work with the students with learning problems, I have to adjust my teaching style to the learning strengths and weaknesses of the student. As a student, I always preferred to learn through discussions.

What was/is the most satisfying moment in your teaching career? The most satisfying moments are when a student who has struggled for so long finally “gets it” and meets with success and gains confidence in her learning. It is wonderful to hear some of our older students who have really struggled and that we have had to nag for two or three years, who are now successful, be able to give very helpful advice to the younger students.

Any other interesting things about you that our readers might like to know? I have adopted several animals over the years. Pumkin came over twenty years ago from the Vet Tech who had to give her up because her fiancé was allergic to cats. She is a cranky twenty-three year old who bites ankles! Seamus is a butterscotch tabby who showed up in our garage about eight years ago. We figured he must have been the runt of the litter who had been abandoned because he was a very small kitten. He still is a very petite cat. Sophie, a Chihuahua/MiniPin who was found abandoned in an empty house, came five years ago. The latest addition is a Chinese Crested Chihuahua who was given up by his owner when she had to move into assisted living. Lorax (named after the Dr. Seuss character he resembles) is just 5 lbs., but he is the boss of everyone!
Past Teachers of the Month
 
Saint Ursula Academy
1339 East McMillan Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Phone: 513-961-3410
Fax: 513-961-3856
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