10390 Remick Ave., Pacoima, CA 91331
(818) 896-7996

“There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices, and persistence.” Michelle Obama

Hello, my name is Lyanne Novales. I’m the Eighth Grade Homeroom Teacher here at Mary Immaculate School. I have attended Catholic schools my whole life. I was enrolled in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade at St. Genevieve Elementary School. I went on to graduate from St. Genevieve High School. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in English. While at Mount Saint Mary’s University, I was able to work closely with students from First Grade and Fifth Grade. After a few years of teaching at Mary Immaculate School, I knew that I wanted to further my education and become a better teacher for my students. I received my Master’s Degree and Multiple Subjects Credential in Education from Mount Saint Mary’s University. While working on my Master’s Degree, I taught History to high school Sophomores and Juniors.

This will be my twelfth year working here at Mary Immaculate School. While I am the Eighth Grade homeroom teacher, I also teach English/Grammar/Writing and Social Studies to our 6th and 7th-grade classes. I am currently the moderator for Student Council, Yearbook, and the STEAM Club. I have been a teacher-mentor for some of my colleagues here as well. My passion has always been directed toward finding new strategies to enhance my class curriculum and help my students succeed. As our school’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, I have the opportunity to work with my Principal, and fellow teachers, to help them, learn from them, and our students as well.

What we do in 8th grade: (English and Social Studies)

English Language Arts:

  • Identify parts of speech– adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs, pronouns, interjections, prepositions, conjunctions
  • Demonstrate proper grammar when writing or speaking
  • Write argumentative, informative, and narrative essays using the writing process
  • Cite resources correctly
  • Conduct research projects

Social Studies (6th Grade) :

  • The First Humans
  • Ancient Civilizations of Egypt, Kush, Israel, India, China, Greece, Rome, and Japan
  • Current Events
  • Note-taking and Outlining Skills

Social Studies (7th Grade):

  • Ancient civilizations of Rome and Islam
  • Medieval Africa, China, and Japan
  • Current Events
  • Note-taking and Outlining Skills

Social Studies (8th grade):

  • American History
  • Current Events
  • Note-taking and Outlining Skills

Mary Immaculate is a faith-based community. We strongly believe in helping our students to develop a strong relationship with God. We attend weekly Mass with the entire school body, from TK to 8th grade. Not only am I a teacher and director, but I am also a proud parent of a student who attends Mary Immaculate School! I have had the pleasure of teaching many students and their siblings here. I’ve also had the opportunity to develop strong relationships with the families. I truly consider Mary Immaculate my second home. I see all the students and their families, the faculty, and staff as family. Come visit our school, take a tour and become a part of our family.