Teach for Christ is not just a program—it is a community. We are young adults serving Christ in Catholic schools, living together, working together, praying and playing together, supporting each other spiritually, personally, and professionally.
Where do green bean casserole, rotisserie chicken, spinach-artichoke dip, and lightly glazed rolls make the perfect meal? Well, here at Teach for Christ, that would be Friendsgiving. Using the choice food descriptor of Educator Colby Cantillon, let’s recount this “tas-TY” occasion (phonetic spelling compliments of his accent).
As the school year progresses for our Teach for Christ Educators, we are beginning to see one of the program’s goals come to fruition. One-on-one tutoring and small group instruction provide a time for our Educators to connect with students on a deeper level. These profound encounters have a lasting impact on educator and student alike, as both enter into a learning experience, built upon a relationship of trust and understanding.
Teach for Christ, a volunteer ministry that launched this year, offers the services of trained young adults to tutor students, assist teachers, coach and serve in support roles for a school year. The missionaries — known as “educators” — will serve this year at Ascension School and St. John Paul II Catholic Preparatory School in Minneapolis, St. Mark’s Catholic School in St. Paul and Chesterton Academy in Edina, where the program is based.
We can hardly believe that our Educators have been in the Twin Cities for a month and are entering their last week of training! From the opening retreat to summer school at Holy Family Academy and ministry training with Pro Ecclesia Sancta, to workshops with IEW and A-List, TC Educators have had a packed schedule.
Asking the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) to come in and instruct our Educators how to teach writing was a no-brainer from the first day we started putting together our training program. We know many teachers who have been through IEW training and sing its praises. We love IEW because its program teaches students how to write by teaching them how to read and how to think. Students taught the IEW way not only become better writers, but also learn skills that help them in all their studies and even later in professional life.
Great news. We have established our first women’s house for Teach for Christ in St. Paul, MN. Our new home, christened Frassati House after one of our great patrons Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, is located in a handsome neighborhood amidst the campus of the University of St. Thomas. Our first women’s house can comfortably accommodate a household of four. It includes an up to date kitchen, great workspace, inviting common areas for guests and functions or just to relax, and a quiet room for community and individual prayer.
We are happy to announce that A-List Education will not only be training Teach for Christ Educators as ACT teachers and tutors this summer, but will also provide ongoing support to our work with students during the year. Ongoing support includes unlimited practice tests graded and evaluated by A-List and other invaluable teacher/student aids. Later in the year we will bring A-List back to train our Educators on the SAT as well.
Great news! The Brothers of Pro Ecclesia Sancta (PES) will host our first men’s household starting this coming summer. The brothers live in a spacious house in St. Paul near the University of St. Thomas where several of them are completing their studies for the priesthood. Up to five TC men will live in their own apartment in the Brothers’ house.