Welcome to the Fr. Blaine Burkey Center for Research

Philosophy

Every student has the potential to learn and to succeed in school; the challenge is to discover each student’s current level of knowledge and to steadily build upon that.  In small classes, this may sometimes mean spending more time on a lesson or returning later to that lesson in different ways.  Achievement often toddles in on baby steps; with encouragement, however, small accomplishments can beget major success.  Excitement occurs when those “little light bulb moments” happen, times when a student has suddenly understood something that was previously obscure.  Most students want to do well, but that desire is often well-hidden or dormant.  By trying to focus on each student as an individual, it is possible to find and to feed that desire.

Course Description

Developmental Reading

The focus of this class in on finding a student’s current reading level and then moving him or her steadily up the ladder of reading improvement.  A variety of reading materials and activities give students the opportunity to practice and improve their skills in the areas of vocabulary building and in about a dozen important reading and study strategies.  Emphasis is on learning to study better, not necessarily harder or longer.

Library Science

The purpose of this class is twofold. First of all, students serve as library aides — they learn to keep materials in order, check things in and out, and generally keep the area neat and organized. A large portion of the class is also dedicated to research methods. Students learn the fastest, easiest, and best methods for finding good information and for making use of it in some way.

Faculty

Mrs. Gini Augustine has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Education.  She also eared a Master’s Degree in Library Science at Fort Hays State University in 1989.  Mrs. Augustine has twenty years teaching experience at TMP-Marian.  Her early years here were spent as a library assistant and a classroom teacher in English courses, Journalism, and English as a Second Language (ESL).  In 1997 she became the head librarian and continues to teach small classes of Library Science and Developmental Reading in the Center for Research (CFR).  While Mrs. Augustine is not an alum, her husband and all three daughters graduated from TMP-Marian.  Her love of the school and it’s traditions are evident in the passion and care she instills in the CFR.  When she has free time, Mrs. Augustine like to read, craft, sew, learn about her Catholic faith, decorate her log home, and visit historical sites.