Born on July 19, 1948 to Irene and Ernest Schramm, Mrs. Hammang spent her early years in Lincoln Park, Michigan where she was a member of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish. She attended the parish school and after graduation she attended Cabrini High School in nearby Allen Park, Michigan where she met her future husband, John Hammang. Phyllis graduated with honors from Cabrini High School where she was an editor for the award winning school newspaper and a soloist for the Choraliers.
She married John Hammang five days after her graduation from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI. Together they had three daughters: Eileen Marie, Karen Lynn and Shannon Marie. Eileen and Shannon have now married and between them Mrs. Hammang is the grandmother of four grandsons and two granddaughters.
Mrs. Hammang and her family have lived in a variety of places in Michigan's lower and upper peninsulas. She moved to Virginia in 1993 and worked both as a teacher and principal in the Diocese of Arlington Schools for 23 years.
She, her husband and her daughter, Karen, moved back to Michigan in 2015 following John's retirement.
Mrs. Hammang and her family now live in Brighton Township.
|2006-2015||All Saints Catholic School - Manassas, VA||Grade 6 Homeroom; Science 6-8|
|1998-2006||St. Andrew the Apostle -Clifton, VA||Principal K-8, Director of Preschool|
|1994-1998||St. Andrew the Apostle School - Clifton, VA||Grade 8 Homeroom, Social Studies/Lit 6-8|
|1993-1994||St. Andrew the Apostle -Clifton, VA||Grade 5 self-contained teacher|
|1992-1993||Father Marquette Middle -Marquette, MI||Grade 6 Homeroom, Social Studies 6-8|
|1984-1992||Bishop Baraga Catholic - Marquette, MI||Grade 6 Homeroom, Science 6-8|
|1983-1984||Bishop Baraga Catholic -Marquette, MI||School Librarian K-8/ in-house sub K-8|
|1981-1983||Christ the Good Shepherd - Lincoln Park, MI||Grade 6 Homeroom, Reading/Math/English - 6|
|1978-1981||Christ the Good Shepherd-Lincoln Park, MI||Grade 3 all subjects, Grades 3/ 4 Reading|
|1972-1978||St. John Bosco School - Redford, MI||Grade 3 all subjects/Grade 7 Religion|
In my classes students are actively engaged in learning how to think, not just learning facts. Student success is important to me. As I tell my
students, "If you fail, I am not doing my job well. With God's help, together we will meet the challenges of learning and enjoy learning how to learn." Frequently, I begin classes using the Socratic method of questioning, a classical education device in which I pose provocative questions to students relevant to their personal experiences and elicit their feedback. I assure students that it's OK not to be right all the time.
Some of the other learning methods I use include:
Parents are a critical component of the learning process. As primary educators of children, they must know what is going on in the classroom to be supportive of the teacher. At the beginning of the school year, I meet with parents to discuss disciplinary policies, plans for the year, homework policies, and schedules. I maintain a website in which I daily record what homework, if any, students have for the day and any upcoming tests, projects, or special activities. I write e-mails and phone parents to compliment students as well as bring concerns to parents' attention.