I learned more than reading, writing, and arithmetic by attending a Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Miami in the ‘90s. The faculty, such as my theology teacher, Father Ron, kept me close to the faith, not only in the religious sense, but he also taught me how to persevere. Our dean of discipline, Dean Lefler, well, enforced the "rule of law." I believe the 4 years I spent attending a Catholic High School brought me closer to my faith and made me more resilient.
I am a product of Catholic education, having first attended Curé of Ars (K-8) and then Bishop Miege High School. I have grown as a child of God with my peers and because of my Catholic education, I am continuing to live out my faith each day. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2014, I knew that I would come back to Kansas City in search of a teaching job in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. I was fortunate enough to teach at Curé of Ars for two years, but there was something still missing.
As I entered the back parking lot of Holy Name Catholic School, I was drawn in by the endearing sounds of laughter and children at play. It was a special day.
Three years ago, I was a senior in college beginning to look for the next path Jesus had for me. I would graduate in a few months with degrees in English and Secondary Education. My heart was torn between teaching in a Catholic school, where I could share and teach the Faith openly, and teaching at a public school, where I saw a real need for Catholic teachers to make a difference in the lives of struggling and broken families and students. I ended up signing a contract with St. Agnes, a CEF school. Teaching at a CEF school has fulfilled both of those desires in my heart.
Dear CEF Donor,
Grateful is the word that fits this letter. Ever since I've been at Holy Name I enjoyed it, which is one of the reasons I am still here, with some other key points. For example: the classes are small which means teachers can help you if needed! Also, it is a Catholic school. I can practice my faith and pray when I want. None of this would be possible if it wasn't for you! I wouldn't get the chance to attend this school, and I wouldn't have met my friends or teachers. I would also like to thank you because not many people like you are in the world. God bless you!
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