Editor’s Note: Welcome Back to School! Fall 2017

NINETEEN YEARS INTO MY CAREER as a teacher, I still experience the anticipation of a new school year. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to coincide with the article on the “first day of school,” which shares how important it is to spend time on getting to know your students.

After working as a high school history teacher, I moved into teacher education at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, nine years ago. I enjoy working with prospective teachers as they begin their vocational exploration during their first year in college. I found great joy teaching my students again during the conclusion of their studies as they prepare to embark into the field as teachers.

I am also the mother of two sons, ages 9 and 6, who have been blessed with amazing teachers that have inspired and enriched their lives in so many ways.

I believe teaching is perhaps the most rewarding, challenging, and inspiring vocation one can pursue.

If you are a new reader, welcome to Today’s Catholic Teacher. We are excited to have you join our community. Our goal is to provide articles targeting the diverse needs of PreK-12 Catholic teachers. One new feature I am especially excited to announce is a “Joy of Teaching” piece at the conclusion of each issue highlighting an inspirational moment in the life of a teacher.

The article on biophilic design by Celeste Behe parallels the feature guide article promoting the importance of frequent movement and exercise breaks as a necessity for our children.

This feature guide also includes audiobook resources. I believe my son, a struggling reader, has successful comprehension as a result of the higher-level stories he listens to on audiobooks!

I believe there is always more to learn and there are additional opportunities to improve one’s practice. I hope Today’s Catholic Teacher provides you with one outlet to improve your practice. May you have a peaceful and enriching return to the classroom this fall.

Dr. Lisa D’Souza