Fr. Adam Tokashiki, PES to Serve as First Chaplain of Teach for Christ

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We are thrilled to announce that Fr. Adam Tokashiki, PES will be the first chaplain for Teach for Christ Educators in St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN.

We know Fr. Adam very well. The young priest, who was ordained only last year in May 2016, is chaplain at Chesterton Academy in Edina MN, where Kendra Posch, our first TC Educator (and now Executive Director of Teach for Christ) served for the 2016-17 academic year. As Kendra testifies, "Fr. Adam is a dynamic leader at Chesterton who inspires students not only at mass, on retreat, and in the confessional, but also in the hallways and on the playing field."

As Fr. Adam says, “Teach for Christ Educators have a wonderful job but a tough one, serving young people in Catholic schools very short on resources, all for Christ.  They need a solid prayer life and strong spiritual formation. I am thrilled to be able to help.”

 

Principal of “Miracle Working” Inner-City Catholic School Eager for Help from Teach for Christ Educators

Ascension School in Minneapolis is known for working educational miracles with inner city students.

In a neighborhood in which HS graduation rates are discouraging low, well over 90 percent of students who complete 8th grade at Ascension go on to graduate from high school. One recent Ascension graduating class went on to a HS graduation rate of 100%. 

Though many Ascension students come to the school far below grade level, they soon outscore nearby public schools on standardized tests for reading and math.

According to Principal Benito Matias, one secret of Ascension’s success is lots of one-on-one and small group instruction that can help students far below grade level to catch up—sometimes very quickly.

As Principal Matias explains, such “one-on-one leadership helps not only by pin-pointing academic challenges but by inspiring our scholars and reminding them they are valued.”

Principal Matias says he’d love to have Teach for Christ Educators helping his young scholars.  In fact, he told us, there is only one thing he does not like about Teach for Christ: because we are so new we are still small. “You guys are talking about fielding four or six Educators next year.  We’d take a dozen just at Ascension.

Why Teach for Christ?

Every year Catholic Schools educate hundreds of thousands of lower-income children (many not Catholic), who might otherwise be stuck in subpar, or even dangerous public schools. They focus on forming children in spirit and character, raising their sights and calling them to holiness.

Our vision is for every family, regardless of income, to be able to send their children to an excellent and affordable Catholic school.

That’s why we ask young Catholic men and women to give a year of their lives to service in Catholic schools, from tutoring and teaching, to coaching and mentoring, even to working on marketing and fundraising, depending on your own talents and calling.