I am so excited to start a new blog feed on Catholic Compass and am so curious about what shape this particular page will take over time. For those who don't know, I moved to Kansas City four years ago to pursue a legal degree. After three semesters, I had to do some deep thinking and admit to myself that law school and the legal field was not what I had hoped for. I decided to leave law school. If you're curious, you can read more about my decision to quit here. Although I didn't announce it then, I had already decided I wanted to work in education. A year and half later, my old classmates have recently finished taking the bar exam and I am in the middle of my first week of professional development at St. Regis Academy, a Catholic school in the Kansas City area.
During the last year and a half, I have taken classes in education from Park University to prepare and earn my certification in English Language Arts education through an alternative route available to individuals who already have a Bachelor's degree in their field. (I have mine in English, Technical Writing, from Pittsburg State University). Although I have a class or two left, I felt more than prepared to tackle working and those last few classes last spring and God was ready for me to jump in as well.
St. Regis Academy has done a massive overhaul of their school and are switching to a new (old) model of education called the Classical curriculum model. The Classical model emphasizes primary texts over text books and can also be described as a Catholic liberal arts education. The school will teach in a counter-culture manner to the current education system, including things like cursive handwriting and an emphasis on beauty, wisdom, and virtue rather than data gathered from assessments.
You can expect to find information about my units and lessons, reflections on how they go, more information about Classical curriculum as I learn more, and fun things like room tours and anecdotes. Please join me in this journey and share it with your friends and family by liking my Facebook page so that you won't miss a post! You can find the page here.
In the mean time, please pray for the academy and our young scholars who return to school next week. Change can be intimidating but I truly believe that God has an amazing plan in store for St. Regis in the coming years.
First year Catholic educator in the Classical curriculum style. I teach middle school English-Language Arts.