I have the wonderful opportunity to be attending the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) in New Orleans. So far I have attended some wonderful sessions – right now I am sitting in a session about 1 to 1 Laptop Initiative – something I am thinking about doing beginning with our 8th graders next year. Two educators are talking about some of their successes and some of their frustrations in beginning a program like this – love hearing from other educators and learning from them!
Yesterday, Fr. Michael Himes, a professor at Boston College, gave the keynote address to over 8000 Catholic educators. He talked about Catholic educators being charged with beginning an important conversation with kids. This conversation must contain giving ourselves away to others through service. I was thinking we are doing a very good job of this at St. Pat’s!
Fr.also encouraged us to seek the future, move away from the past, but always bring our ancestors with us as we move ahead – something to think about as we forge ahead at St. Pat’s. Fr. Himes ended is talk by asking: “Why in the name of God would anybody be anything but a Catholic school teacher?” – I have no idea – it is the best job in the world and it is even greater doing that at St. Pat’s!