why do you want to teach in a catholic school

So you ve landed a job interview at a Catholic school, and you re trying to prepare. What will they ask you? How should you respond? I ve interviewed dozens of applicants over the years, and one of the questions we often ask is, Why do you want to work in a Catholic school? Here are three responses to avoid:
The students are more well-behaved in Catholic schools. Parents are more involved. I like small class sizes. I have heard all three of these reasons during interviews over the last fifteen years. More than once. The problem is, they totally miss the point of the question. What s more, they totally miss the point of Catholic education. Here are three alternative answers to the question, Why do you want to work in a Catholic school? Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. If Jesus is not at the core of our reasons for teaching in a Catholic school, then we have our priorities out of balance. P Jesus has called us to be teachers. P Jesus has given us the ability to touch hearts and minds. P Jesus wants us to bring the Good News to the world.


There is no more important reason than that to teach at a Catholic school. We don t teach in Catholic schools because it s easier than teaching in a public school. Catholic schools are not the minor leagues of the academic world. Catholic schools are where teachers assist parents in fulfilling their sacred mission to tell the Good News to their children. And what is the Good News? Not a what, but a Who: Jesus Christ. Our goal as Catholic educators should be to so design our lessons, our classroom management, and our lives, that Jesus Christ stands clearly at the front of it all. P He can be found in the novels we choose to teach, the writing prompts we assign, the historical events we study, the natural world we examine. Street-corner evangelist Frank Sheed once wrote that Catholicism is the union of humanity with God through Jesus. P The goal of every Catholic school teacher is to do everything in his or her power to foster that union. Teachers are members of a vitally important profession.


They teach the future leaders of our country and our world. They teach essential skills and concepts; nurture curiosity and a sense of wonder; cultivate abilities and interests and give their students a sense of identity and purpose. In the context of a Catholic school, however, the work of a teacher takes on a new dimension. Teaching in a Catholic school is often referred to as a vocation Б a calling to become part of something of great significance; in this case, to share in the ChurchБs mission. In their own way, teachers in Catholic schools share in the work of Jesus to reach out to others and spread the good news about life and its purpose. As part of our coverage of Catholic Schools Week, we reached out to Kerry Munoz, second grade teacher at St. Anthony Catholic School in Lakeland to find out why she teaches at a Catholic school. This Q and A will provide insight into how Catholic teachers live out their faith in the classroom and how their rewards are immeasurable.


Please share a little background about yourself? IБm originally from Plymouth, Indiana and moved to Florida in 2008 when my husband transferred with his job. I graduated with my Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education from Ancilla College and with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from St. Mary-of-the-Woods. What inspired or motivated you to become a teacher at a Catholic school? I have taught at St. Anthony Catholic School for 6 years now. What inspired me are my two daughters. They went to a Catholic school in Indiana and I always believed that if I ever received a teaching license, I would teach at a Catholic School. I am able to share my love of teaching with my students while always instilling a love for God and the Catholic faith. Throughout your time as a teacher, what rewarding moments have captivated you to think/say: БThis is why I teach at a Catholic School! Б Last year, I had a student in my class who had never been baptized, but told me on numerous occasions that she wanted to be.


By the end of the school year, I stood with this little girl while she was baptized in front of the entire school. I was so proud of her and the faith that she had developed while at our school. It was truly a moment I will never forget and it often reminds me of why I teach at a Catholic School. Many teachers make sacrifices to work at a Catholic school. Have you made sacrifices during your 6 years of teaching? It s a sacrifice financially to teach at a Catholic school, but what I don t make financially I make spiritually. We are all asked to make sacrifices in our lives and choosing to work at a Catholic school has always been a priority of mine because the rewards definitely outweigh the sacrifices. How has being a teacher strengthened your own faith? Teaching the students about the Catholic Faith has strengthened my knowledge and relationship with God. I am able to practice and live my faith daily through prayer and by example.

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