Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth - in a word, to know himself- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves. – St. Pope John Paul II
Reflections on Catholic Education
I was blessed to have received a Catholic education for 17 years of my life, both through homeschooling as well as attending Catholic schools in junior high, high school, and college. I am very grateful for the education I have received in all of these types of institutions, and am grateful for the opportunity to teach in the same kind of environment that has shaped so much of how I think and who I am today. My own faith was certainly strengthened by being challenged to ask questions in my high school theology classes, and to utilize human reason in discerning the answers. Additionally, reading the works of great writers such as St. Thomas Aquinas and C.S. Lewis helped me to track their thinking while reading, so as to learn how to apply logic to my own writing and thinking. I am grateful for the ways I have grown from Catholic education, and am excited to now see students grow from it as well.
I believe that Catholic education enables students to cultivate certain skills and qualities that might not be as prominent in other environments. It incorporates the practice of integrating virtue into all subject areas, and from the classroom setting to life outside of school. It cultivates a sense of wonder in knowing the truth, as well as asking questions in the pursuit of the truth. Catholic education allows students to build up their knowledge and practice of the faith so as to carry it with them into adulthood, which is a truly incredible opportunity. - Miss Planchet
Miss Planchet, a Concord native, graduated with honors from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015 with degrees in theology, catechetics, and English. While in college, she interned in religion classes at local Catholic schools and was a Totus Tuus missionary in the Diocese of Charlotte, NC for the summer of 2014. She also helped run several retreats at local parishes in Ohio and Pennsylvania and served on four different spring break mission trips to Lourdes, Steubenville, Arizona, and New Mexico. Most recently, she graduated with her master’s in education from the University of Mississippi this past May through the Mississippi Teacher Corps. She began her career in education by teaching seventh grade English in a critical needs public school in northern Mississippi for two years while attending graduate school.
Some of her favorite experiences while living in Mississippi include teaching 8th - 10th grade Sunday school classes at her parish and leading a women’s book discussion group through the Catholic Campus Ministry group at the University of Mississippi. Additionally, she worked at Camp Bernadette in Wolfeboro, NH as a counselor from 2010 to 2013 and is returning this summer as the Liturgical Life Director. She enjoys hiking, skiing, choral singing, and is currently learning to play the organ. She is very excited to be joining the Mount Royal community as the fourth grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year!