In a box of old papers from my childhood, I have a writing assignment from second grade where I stated that I wanted to be a teacher. I can remember every elementary school teacher’s name and still have a mental picture of each of my classrooms. As I grew older, I continued to be inspired by significant teachers in my life who went above and beyond to not only make the curriculum interesting, but to connect with students on a personal level.
When it came time for me to pursue a degree after high school, I knew I wanted to follow my second grade ambition and become a teacher. As I started narrowing down my search, I primarily looked at Catholic colleges. Even though I went to public school growing up, my faith was a huge part of my life and I knew I wanted my education and my faith to overlap. All three of my degrees are from Catholic institutions and I believe it is in part because of that education that I have been drawn to the Catholic school system. Being able to weave faith into all areas of the curriculum is a blessing for me, and, hopefully, for the students.