Teaching at a  Catholic school holds a special place in my heart. From personal conviction, faith integration, values-based education, supportive community and a place for my daughters to attend, I was delighted to join the St. Bonaventure Catholic School community this year.

Coming from public schools, St. Bonaventure allows me to contribute to the spiritual, moral and academic development of students. Not only am I allowed to share my passion for the subject matter, but I’m able to openly talk and teach about our Savior.

One of the primary reasons I teach at St. Bonaventure Catholic School is due to personal conviction. As someone who loves Jesus and has previous teaching experience in a public setting, I knew I needed to serve by sharing the gospel and being a light in this dark world. I felt a conviction to get more involved in the process of discipleship. If I can play a part in helping a future generation see how amazing Jesus’s love is for us and how He can change lives, then I want to be a part of such a mission.

Another major reason why I teach at St. Bonaventure Catholic School is the integration of faith into the educational experience. By integrating faith, I can guide students not only in academics but also in exploring the areas of life, morality and spirituality.

My goal from the very beginning of this school year was that I would take the time to showcase different Bible verses, songs, connections to academics and prayers to help students grow in their relationship with Jesus. This integration has changed the way I go about teaching. Students are now requesting to pray, celebrate praises when requests are answered, sing Christian songs, live out the values and share the good news of Jesus. Without faith integration, none of this would be possible.

The commitment to values-based education is another aspect of teaching at St. Bonaventure Catholic School. Beyond the pursuit of academic excellence, there is also a focus on character formation. Many of our school’s values put a focus on character formation to create disciples for Jesus. Jesus is the center of our school where we emphasize values such as humility, accountability, leadership, optimism and service.

Through these values, I’m able to demonstrate what this looks like in the learning environment and celebrate when students can showcase these remarkable characteristics.

I teach at St. Bonaventure Catholic School for the sense of community that sets it apart from other schools.

Teaching at St. Bonaventure feels much different than the other schools I’ve worked at as it’s more like a big, supportive family. The school environment fosters a supportive atmosphere where students feel a sense of belonging and encouragement.

Lastly, I teach at St. Bonaventure Catholic School so my own two daughters have a place they can go to grow academically and spiritually. Through SBS, my daughters are a part of an environment that is uplifting, caring and where they can openly learn and talk more about Jesus. It was important for me as an educator and mother to find a place that would benefit all of us and help us to grow in our faith.

Through teaching at St. Bonaventure Catholic School, my children have witnessed more faith integration and values-based education that I had desired for them.

Teaching at St. Bonaventure Catholic School brings so much joy to me as an educator (and mother) and carries out into the classroom and school community. Through faith integration, values-based education and a sense of community, my profession and calling as an educator are being fulfilled to my God-given potential. These are all the many reasons why I chose and enjoy teaching at a Catholic school.