Mrs. Susan Taptich
Hello and welcome. I am truly looking forward to the growth, fun and learning that are about to take place in Room 120. This will be my tenth year as a MNMS 6th grade teacher on the Blue Team. I have been employed in the District for 25 years as a 4th grade teacher at Fairmount Avenue and Ferguson Township Elementary Schools, and subsequently as an Elementary Math and Science Curriculum Support Teacher.
I grew up in western Pennsylvania, which automatically makes me a loyal fan of the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and Donnie Iris. I attended Penn State University and earned a BS in Civil Engineering. I later made a career change, and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and rewards of teaching.
Joey and Anna enjoying a round of golfTaptich Family
I met my husband Dan at Penn State in surveying class. We live in the beautiful Big Valley of Belleville. We have a 24 year old daughter Anna, and a 21 year old son Joey. Anna graduated from Penn State, worked at Drayer Physical Therapy in State College and Lewistown, and is enrolled at Slippery Rock University to pursue a Doctorate of Phycial Therapy program this fall. Joey completed one year at Penn State as a member of the Nittany Lion Battalion branch of ROTC, and then transferred to the Unites States Military Academy at West Point to complete his education and military service. He is currently a Yearling (sophomore). I've had the privilege to coach both of them in basketball, baseball and soccer as they've grown. Golfing is a fun family sport, and I do my best to run for exercise. We all enjoy caring for our dogs, Ike and Rosie, three horses and barn cats. In our spare time we also enjoy the outdoors ~ traveling, gardening, fishing and hunting. When I land, you'll find me cooking or reading a good book.
I will do my best this year to nurture and care for all students during their time with me. As a classroom community, we will learn to respect and value individual differences and embrace kindness. I feel fortunate to be part of a dynamic and caring team at MNMS and look forward to making this year a worthwhile and meaningful experience.