A new school year and a refreshed legacy

Like many students and teachers around the country, I recently started a new school year. As this new year began to feel imminent, I looked back on my experience of teaching, so far.

I hesitate to admit that I haven’t always loved teaching. Sure, when I started this important ministry eight years ago, I loved it. I was full of passion and energy and idealism. I was going to change the world, one willing student at a time.

Somewhere along the way, however, I felt my passion for the ministry wane. I fell into a bit of a rut and lost interest in striving for meaningful growth, for myself or my students. I recycled lesson plans and techniques, lacking the energy and motivation to try to find better practices in order to meet the students’ needs. I was questioning whether or not to leave the classroom and…

[This is the beginning of my latest column for the online newspaper, Global Sisters Report. Continue reading here.] 

The new view from my teacher desk in my classroom. Photo by Julia Walsh FSPA
The new view from my teacher desk in my classroom. Photo by Julia Walsh FSPA

Published by Sister Julia Walsh

Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration/ writer/ minister/ writer/ activist/ Loras College & Catholic Theological Union grad newsletter: http://tinyletter.com/juliafspa

4 thoughts on “A new school year and a refreshed legacy

  1. I love your article, Julia! It’s so personal, with Sister Lucille Kleinheinz at the center, but in the end so universal, because I expect there are many sisterhoods who have a “Sister Lucille,” and long histories with their local Catholic high schools.

    Another thought: Back in the day, everyone depended on “the Sisters” to run the Catholic Schools. Now it’s a cooperative effort, with Sisters and priests, but mostly other Catholics from the pews taking adult responsibility to bring up our children in the faith. Probably a healthier situation.

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