Image not available
Image not available
Image not available
Image not available
Image not available

Prepare students to successfully meet the challenges of the future.

class of 2018 throwing caps into air
Image not available
Image not available
Image not available
Image not available
Image not available
Image not available

Natalija Galens

Contact Information
First Name
Last Name
(269) 926-3653
Email Address
About Me
EP Clarke Elementary
Teaching Grade

Welcome! It is great to see you have taken the time to visit my page. My name is Natalija Galens. I grew up on a blueberry and cranberry farm here in Michigan before moving to western Pennsylvania to attend Grove City College. While studying at Grove City, I played both volleyball and basketball and earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education. After graduating in 2016, I returned home and quickly began working in the St. Joseph Public Schools district. My roles at SJPS have included long-term substitute teaching at Upton, coaching 7th grade volleyball, and coaching freshman girls' basketball. Currently, I have the privilege of teaching 5th grade at E. P. Clarke Elementary. I enjoy traveling, devouring ice cream, and playing volleyball at Silver Beach.

It is my teaching philosophy that each student has unique strengths and talents, and that ALL students can and will learn. When students enter my classroom, they are valued for "being" not just for "being good". My promise is to provide a safe and welcoming environment while striving to prepare every student to become a lifelong, independent learner. I am eager to work with your child and partner with you to make his or her journey in 5th grade fulfilling and academically challenging. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call. Thank you!


Learning Management System (LMS)

School District Events

Monday December 17, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
HS Choir & Orchestra Winter Concert
Tuesday December 18, 7:00 PM -
Upton Choir & Orchestra Concert
Monday December 24
Monday January 7
School Resumes

Events Calendar

December 2018
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

District Parent Calendar


A list of important district-wide events such as half days and days off.
View/Download 2018-19 PDF.

Updated 06/22/2018

District Announcements

Video Introduction



Interactive Avatar

Use our interactive avatar
to learn more.