Taffie Duckworth is a proud graduate of St. Martha School. Because of her very fond memories of her days as a student, she decided to come back and teach at her alma mater. She became assistant principal in 2016.
After graduating from St. Martha, she attended Sacred Heart Academy, which prepared her well for obtaining her undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton and then her Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville.
Mrs. Duckworth taught at St. Aloysius, Pewee Valley for nine years before coming to work at St. Martha in 2008. She’s a recipient of the Catholic Education Foundation’s Ulmer Award.
Taffie has taught second, third and fourth grade and is passionate about every child having a voice in the classroom and knowing their contributions are a vital part of the class.
“I try my best to be a role model for all students in the ways I act and speak,” says Taffie. “Respect and responsibility are key traits I give and expect in return.”
Mrs. Duckworth, her husband, Jason, and her two children, Cooper and Max, are members of St. Martha. Cooper is a ’19 St. Martha graduate and Max currently attends St. Martha School. In her free time, Mrs. Duckworth loves spending time with her family, traveling and reading.
Q & A with Mrs. Duckworth
I am passionate about every child having a voice in the classroom and knowing his/her contributions are a vital part of the class.
I try my best to be a role model for all students in the ways I act and speak. Respect and responsibility are key traits I give and expect in return.
Favorite part of teaching:
The children are the reason I am a teacher. I love getting to know them and seeing the world through their eyes. Each child has a story to share.
Favorite teaching memory:
The third grade students and families made a prayer chain and collected prayer requests from all students in the school. We wrote each request on a link for a chain which we hung up in the school hallways. As the link was added to the chain, a prayer for that person was said. By the end of the year, we had a prayer chain going the entire length of the school hallway.
Favorite thing about St. Martha:
I love this community. I have been a part of it since I attended first grade. The genuine care and support I have seen over the years is amazing.
My hope for my students:
I hope they find happiness and success in their lives and that they feel God’s loving presence throughout their journey.
My husband, daughter, son, and I are members of St. Martha, and my children attend St. Martha School. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, traveling, and reading.