Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the Divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or fable, it is true.
This is something we are not able to see; but if we abandon ourselves to Him, forget ourselves, we see it sometimes […] that God manifests Himself everywhere, in everything: in people, and in things, and in nature, and in events; so that it becomes very obvious that He is everywhere and we cannot be without Him. - Thomas Merton
Reflection on Catholic Education
It has been my lifelong dream to teach in a Catholic school. After almost twenty years teaching in public schools and universities, I am so excited to finally have that dream come true. Having personally attended a Catholic grammar school (K-8), I cannot express how much that foundation shaped my perspective on the world, and equipped me to meet life’s challenges. My teachers passed on not only content knowledge and high standards, but more importantly, faith and wisdom. Their many life lessons continually return to my mind.
I have always loved the excitement and joy found in a classroom. To be part of the wonder which accompanies learning is both a privilege and responsibility. To now combine that feeling with the discovery of God’s beautiful plan for each and every child-- the learning experience becomes sacred. As the quote by Merton says above, God’s love shines through everything. I hope and pray that I show that love to your children, and am open to God’s love shining back through them.
Lastly, it is so important to provide an example for the young as they begin their faith journey. I remember seeing my parents kneel by their bedside each evening, always bowing our heads for grace before supper, accompanying my father to Adoration at 6am Monday mornings, and so much more. These actions, both small and large, shaped my faith and provided the fertile soil in which it grew. I pray that our community at MRA provides the same for your families. - Dr. Sansone
Dr. Amy Reynolds received her doctorate in Instructional Leadership from Western Connecticut State University. She has been a teacher of the gifted for the past 18 years at North Salem Middle/High School in North Salem, NY; as well as an adjunct professor of education at the graduate school of education at Western Connecticut State for the past four. Dr. Reynolds also holds a Masters degree in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University, a Masters of Science in Gifted Education from the College of New Rochelle, and a Bachelor of Science in Education (Special and Elementary Education) from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. Reynolds is a published researcher and frequent presenter at national conferences. Her research focuses on teacher teams, creative thinking and adolescent learning. Amy lives in Hanover and is an active parishioner at St. Denis parish.