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Characteristics of a Catholic School Teacher

Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.
Matthew 19:14

A person responding to the ministry call to teach in a Catholic school…has multiple roles within the classroom and school community. The teacher serves as a Christian role model, catechist, instructor and counselor. A teacher in the Catholic school…strives to integrate academic instruction, life experience and prayer in his/her own faith life and in those of the students. Therefore, a teacher must be open to:


Growing in faith and understanding of the Church and facilitating the growth of faith and understanding in the lives of students


Being a person of prayer who endeavors to develop a sense of prayer within the students and school community


Fostering a community among the students, parish and staff, characterized by participation in the sacramental life of the Church, discussion and cooperation as citizens of the world and expressed through service and social action for peace and justice within the school and extended community

These "Characteristics" are reproduced from Section 4302 of the Diocesan Administrator's Handbook.


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