Greetings everyone! My name is Elizabeth Popielarcheck, but I go by Liz, and my students call me Mrs. Pop. Life is such a journey, and I am so glad to share this short venture with all of you. So, to tell you a little about me…
I live in Pennsylvania with my wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters. Pennsylvania is a great state, but I am not from around here. I was born in New York and raised in the state of California. My father was an aviation mechanic in the United States Navy and was stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA, in 1982. For seventeen years, I called this place home, and it only seemed natural that I too would have a desire to serve my country. I entered the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) in 1998 as a junior in high school. Upon graduation in 1999, I attended basic training in Fort Sill, OK. It was the first time it was gender integrated, and it was my initial test of fortitude, perseverance, dedication, and commitment. I served four years nine months active duty in the United States Army from July 22, 1999 - April 22, 2004. I was honorably discharged as a sergeant, and I am so proud of my service to my country; it was a true honor and a rewarding experience.
Despite the worthwhile advantages of military life, I knew it wasn't meant for me to make a career of it as my heart longed to return to its first calling (teaching). I've known since I was in second grade that I wanted to be a teacher. Each special education teacher I know, has entered the field because he or she was inspired by someone. My sister was my inspiration. Thus, I started my academic course work shortly after I was honorably discharged from service. I started my first teaching position with Intermediate Unit One working as a full-time emotional support teacher at East Franklin, an alternative education facility, teaching students in grades 6-12 social studies and English. These students were in the partial program, and I learned a great deal from them starting day one.
I gained employment with the Carmichaels Area Elementary Center in 2010/2011 school term, and I was excited for the opportunity to work closer to home and be employed at the school my own children would attend. I continue to teach at Carmichaels as an emotional support (special education) teacher working with students in grades K-5. I thoroughly enjoy working with children and making a difference. I take the responsibility entrusted upon me to educate our community’s children seriously, and I feel honored to be a part of a mission that is bigger than myself.
In addition to working with students with special needs, I have the privilege of working with student teachers from Waynesburg University. It is my experience as a cooperative teacher, that has truly inspired me to pursue an Ed.D. in personnel preparation. I thoroughly enjoy mentoring pre-service teachers, and I love research and writing. I feel my interests and passion are equally paired with my years of teaching experience, and I can make the greatest difference by pursuing a career in higher education. My program of study is Personnel Preparation in Special Education.
Although my passions have steered the course for me in my professional development, my priority remains with my students. Parents and guardians, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the educational/behavioral services for your child, please contact me. I am happy to help.
Emotional Support Teacher
Carmichaels Area Elementary Center
724-966-5045 Ext. 1305