Christian optimism is not a sugary optimism, nor is it a mere human confidence that everything will turn out all right. It is an optimism that sinks its roots into an awareness of our freedom, and the sure knowledge of the power of grace. It is an optimism that leads us to make demands on ourselves, to struggle to respond at every moment to God's call. - Josemaría Escrivá
Reflections on Catholic Education
I remember MRA’s motto, “to teach, to educate, to form,” from the time I was a student at the school. I felt blessed to attend, and now am grateful to teach, at a place that understands that a school’s primary job is formation, a formation that takes into account the whole person. As teachers, we can not educate academically but not emotionally, or emotionally but not spiritually. As our students graduate, we hope that they go out with a sense of identity and the desire to make their mark on the world. I pledge to bring my education, experience, energy, and enthusiasm to the school to foster our mutual goal to teach, to educate, and to form. - Miss Sophia Bellavance
Miss Bellavance graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in English from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2011 and went on to earn her Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Dallas in 2013. She spent two rewarding years as an instructor in South Korea before returning to the United States to teach ESL and Literature at Chelsea Academy in Front Royal,Virginia.
A graduate of Mount Royal herself, Miss Bellavance is excited to be part of the MRA community once again. She is a member of St. Patrick and St. Joachim parish, and she lives in Newbury, NH.