“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena
Reflections on Catholic Education
For the bulk of my life I have been involved in Catholic schools, as a student, a teacher and a parent. The educators, religious sisters and priests, I encountered growing up helped shape me into the person I am today and greatly influenced what I have chosen for my own life’s work. I remember Sr. Laureann, my principal at St. Casimir School in Manchester, popping her head into classrooms with her ever-present smile and laugh, and thinking I wanted to be like her when I grew up (minus the nun part). The joy and enthusiasm for her work which she brought to every interaction left a lasting impression.
As anyone who has chosen to work in a Catholic school knows, our mission as educators is unique. In addition to guiding students academically and socially, we are helping them to discover, as Catherine of Siena says, who God meant them to be. The joy of doing exactly that every day is why I work in a Catholic school. Catholic or not, we want our students to become the best version of themselves, and we want them to go to heaven.
I will always be grateful for the gift of my Catholic education. It truly is a gift that lasts a lifetime, one which I am fortunate to have both received and am able to pass on. - Katie Richardson
Mrs. Richardson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts (’95) and Apostolic Catechetical Diploma (’95) from Northeast Catholic College. She is working on her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and school principal certification at New England College.
Mrs. Richardson is a parishioner of St. Joachim’s in Sunapee, where she has served as CCD teacher and lector. She is an avid Boston sports fan, coffee addict and intermittent runner. She resides in Sunapee, NH with her three wonderful children, all of whom attend Mount Royal.