I consider myself fortunate to be the sixth grade humanities teacher at Saint Theresa Catholic School. I grew up in Richmond, Texas, and have been a parishioner here at Saint Theresa’s my entire life. I studied computer science at the University of Texas but discovered, upon graduation, that programming in “the real world” was not quite as fun as I had expected. I missed the joy of the mystery of programming–that a few logically arranged symbols could create order and sometimes even beauty.
And so, what does one do in such a situation? Yes, of course: I moved to China. There I was a teacher of English, and discovered a love of teaching that I never would have expected. I feel that God has blessed me with this calling, and I believe that Saint Theresa Catholic School is the type of school that can prepare students to hear the Lord’s calling, early and clear, to respond to that call with fervor and strength to accomplish His will, and so finally to be happy among the saints.
I have wanted to teach at Saint Theresa’s since it was just the whisper of an angel. It is a school that values beauty, models goodness and teaches the truth. It seems simple, doesn’t it? But it is rare. I am amazed and thankful that this school has come to be in my own home parish, the place where my grandparents worshipped, my parents did, and now my own small children. My prayer for each of my students is that they too feel at home here.