Hello!! Thanks for stopping! My name is Miss Carol Larkin and I am honored to serve as the physical education, health, and library teacher here at St. Jude the Apostle School. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a Master’s degree in Health from Russell Sage College in Troy. I came to St. Jude in September of 1986 as a part-time Physical Education teacher. At that time, I also began teaching Physical Education part-time at St. Patrick’s School in Troy. When St. Patrick’s was forced to close it doors in 2002, I came aboard at St. Jude the Apostle full-time and my role here expanded. I had assumed the role of Health teacher several years prior to being hired full-time and now my role expanded to include taking over in the library. I can also be found after school working at the Community After School Enrichment Program (C.A.S.E.) offered here at the school.
My years at St. Jude the Apostle have offered me many opportunities. In 2009, I was honored for twenty-five years of service to the Albany Catholic Diocese. I received the “Elizabeth Ann Seton Distinguished Teacher Award” from the Albany Catholic Diocese in 1996. This award recognizes excellence in teaching and positive effect on the moral growth of students. The years 1993-1994 found me working as part of a team that developed a substance abuse prevention curriculum entitled “Genesis” for grades Pre-kindergarten through three for use in Albany Diocesan elementary schools. I served on the advisory board for the Albany Catholic Diocese Office of Prevention Services from 2007-2009. I am a certified instructor for “Project ALERT”, a drug prevention program that was once used here at St. Jude the Apostle.
There is more than just presenting the curriculum in each of the special area subjects I teach. In each of these subjects, students are given the opportunity to grow and explore. Each student is viewed as an important and valued member of the class and each one is valued and respected. A variety of methods are implemented in presenting the material to reach the different learning styles of the students. Each student is encouraged to “never give up”.
I strive to provide a positive learning environment that enables the students to build the confidence that will allow them to achieve more than they might have thought possible. In every class, it is God who is the leader, and when His example is followed, wonderful things always happen!!