Urban Catholic Teacher Corps | UCTC

UCTCgraduation

Alumni

Cohort 1 (1997-1999)

Monica (Weingarten) Conrad  

Maria (Politis) DeCataldo  

Cohort 2 (1998-2000)

Stephanie Allt

Phillip Dujardin

Millicent Hartgering

Katherine (Driscoll) Lynch

Heather Martire

Cohort 3 (1999-2001)

Susan Hoffer

Renee (Malvesti) Lalumiere  

Maura (Spignesi) Lamadore  

Christina Myers McNeil

Heather Lufkin

Dina Turrill

Cohort 4 (2000-2002)

Deanna (Duggan) Conley

Katie (Fitzpatrick) McLead

Marisa Jackson

Mary McHugh

Colleen Sheehy

Kimberly Yarrish

Cohort 5 (2001-2003)

Monica Carty

Scott Embacher

Christine Hall

Meghan McBride

Cohort 6 (2002-2004)

Jen (B'Oris) Simmons  

Lauren (Fiamingo) Thomas  

Dan Hershel

Joanna McInnis

Kimberly Milligan

Liz Schroeder

Cohort 7 (2003-2005)

Janice Gurry

Kristin Keeper Betz

Jill McHugh

Emily Samek

Elizabeth Walsh

Cohort 8 (2004-2006)

Anne Cashore

Erin Grant

Kelly (Kroll) Lockwood

Lisa Rule

Meredith Dadigan

Jill Tetreault-Mayorga

Cohort 9 (2005-2007)

Maria Viercinski

Raymond Cooper

Kathryn Barnes

Molly (Bircher) Romano  

Megan Howe

Rachel Rumely

Michael Gardner

Cohort 10 (2006-2008)

Laura (Hemmelgarn) Bigelow

Caitlin Keeton

Logan Reichert

Kristen Sinitski

Cohort 11 (2007-2009)

Allison (Abbass) Salamone

Megan Delaney

Kristin (Heath) Blanchette

Catherine Higgins

Shannon (Keating) Kwiatek

Eric Mendoza

Cohort 12 (2008-2010)

Patrick Carpenter

Ashley Gabriel

Shelly Janowski

Sara Losito

Caitlin Siehl

Beth Watje

Cohort 13 (2009-2011)

Natalie (Lyzinski) Galvin

Lizzy Zagar

Emily Rodier

Michael Csorba

Maureen Walsh

Sarah Nardozzi

Cohort 14 (2010-2012)

Anne Heller

Scott Hess

Collin Johnson

Mary Kate McCoog

Sarah Popper

Katie Thompkins

Cohort 15 (2011-2013)

Susan Bendernagel

Megan Chadzutko

Maureen (Giusti) Britton

Matthew Himes

Lauren Johnson

Meghan Warner

 

Cohort 16

Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College: 2012 - 2014

Margaret Betts

Margaret Betts

Hometown: Lynnwood, WA

Undergraduate Institution: University of Portland, Portland, OR

Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education

UCTC Teaching Placement: St. John School, First Grade

What have you found most rewarding about UCTC? "Before moving to Boston, I did not know a single soul in the Northeast. The most rewarding aspect of UCTC is the connections I have made to people.  UCTC has connected me to multiple groups of people.  Not only have I had the opportunity of living with three fantastic cohorts, I have become friends with UCTC alums and their friends.  I have made connections to the teachers I work with, my students, and their families.  I have had several fantastic professors at BC who will be lifelong resources and supports and have truly inspired and challenged my teaching.  I have felt at home at St. Cecilia Parish as I look around and recognize the faces at the same mass every week.  This program has provided me with multiple networks and friendships I would have never made.  I cannot imagine my life here without UCTC."

 

James Elliott

James Elliott

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Undergraduate Institution: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Undergraduate Major: Secondary Education, Integrated Science with     Physics focus

UCTC Teaching Placement: Cristo Rey Boston, Math and Physics

What do you most enjoy about teaching in a Catholic school? "Teaching in a Catholic school takes a different perspective on the profession that public schools cannot take.  Beyond teaching physics content, the conversations and relationships I have with my students are without a doubt the most rewarding part of being in the Catholic school.  I see my content areas as the vessel in which I share my faith with my students and push them to grow on their own.  Additionally, being a Catholic school does not allow for mediocrity.  We push our students to grow not only in academics, but also in their personal lives, learning how to become fully human and build relationships with the rest of humanity."

 

Brendan Kennedy

Brendan Kennedy

Hometown: Kingston, MA

Undergraduate Institution: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Undergraduate Major: History

UCTC Teaching Placement: Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, Lower Mills, Fourth through Eight Grade History

What is the most rewarding part of your UCTC experience? "I think the teaching experience I have gained during my time in UCTC has been second to none. I really enjoy the opportunity to be a young, full time teacher that lives with other teachers of the same mindset. I also enjoy the collaboration within the program because I believe that had I not been in UCTC, this would have been missing from my early years as a teacher. No other teaching program could have provided me with the same teaching experience as UCTC because I teach at an excellent and challenging school, while also earning a graduate degree from one of the top graduate programs in the country."

 

 Kelly Meyer

Kelly Meyer

Hometown: Newport Beach, CA

Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Undergraduate Major: Science Education with Chemistry focus

UCTC Teaching Placement: St. Rose School, Middle School Math and     Science

Why did you choose UCTC? "I chose UCTC because I saw the program as an opportunity for me to grow.  I felt called to come to Boston because I knew I would be placed where I would be challenged.  Yes, I wanted to teach, but I knew that I would be learning so much more from my students than they would learn from me.  I am very grateful to be in a diverse school and learn from a culture different than my own."

 

Colleen O'Hara

Colleen O'Hara

Hometown: Wayne, PA

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education and Human Development

UCTC Teaching Placement: Saint Columbkille Partnership School, Fifth Grade

What is it like to live in Community? "Living in a community presents new joys and challenges daily. If you are truly being intentional, it takes a lot of give and take. It takes you to look past your own self interests and meet your community members where they are at. Living in a community means being able to challenge yourself to adapt, grow, and love the community around you, even when it is very easy not to. The community is there when you need it, but you are also present when they need you."

 

Sydney Stulock

Sydney Stulock

Hometown: Littleton, CO

Undergraduate Institution: Creighton University, Omaha, NE

    Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education

UCTC Teaching Placement: Sacred Heart School, Fifth Grade Language Arts and History

What is it like to live in Community? "Community is one of the most essential, powerful, and meaningful parts of my experience in UCTC. Together, you fail and succeed, laugh and cry, share dreams, as well as the often brutal realities of day-to-day teaching. Community holds everything else in place. Logistically, it is wonderful to come home at the end of a long day at school and have a full meal ready and a house full of people who understand (at least partially) your experience. But even more so, living in a true, intentional community, the people become your home away from home, your source of joy, and your inspiration for challenging yourself. I can honestly say I do not know how I would have gotten through my first year of teaching without them."

Cohort 17

Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College: 2013 - 2015

 Kathryn Bois

Kathryn Bois

Hometown: Westbrook, ME

Undergraduate Institution: Saint Joseph's College of Maine, Standish, ME

Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education

UCTC Teaching Placement: St. Mary of the Hills, Middle School, English

What attracted you to UCTC? "After my experiences abroad in Guatemala and Haiti, I knew that I wanted to work with under-resourced populations, but wanted to remain on the East Coast. When I found the UCTC at Boston College, I knew it was something I could see myself doing. I was attracted to the small, tight-knit community first and foremost. Secondly, I knew that the program of study at Boston College would provide me with the best education for a Master's Degree. Lastly, I was confident that the faith formation and teaching experience would help me grow as an individual. These four reasons combined made UCTC the top choice for me."

 

Michaela Bond

Michaela Bond

Hometown: Franklin, MA

Undergraduate Institution: Stonehill College, Easton, MA

Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education

UCTC Teaching Placement: Saint Columbkille Partnership School, Second Grade

What have you found most rewarding about participating in UCTC? "The most rewarding part about UCTC is the amount of support offered by the program. Honestly, being a first year teacher is very difficult. I cannot imagine going through this journey of a new teacher without the tremendous amount of support in my school, my community, and at Boston College. From my new friends in the community, to my mentor teacher and my principal, to the UCTC coaches, and the director of the program, I constantly have people to turn to when looking for advice, feedback, or affirmation in what I am doing. It is so crucial to me that I have this wide network of support with which to share my daily joys and struggles, a group of people whose support and friendship I can imagine will last much longer than the duration of this program."

 

 Sarah Carpenter

 Sarah Carpenter

Hometown: Minnetonka, MN

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Undergraduate Major: English (Minors Secondary Education and Hispanic     Studies)

UCTC Teaching Placement: St. Joseph Preparatory High School, English     Literature and Composition

How would you explain your experience living in community? "Explaining community living, now that is a big endeavor, but I will give my best go at it! Community living is a commitment that you make blind. You don't know anyone, BUT you decide that you are willing to be a support system for them, consider their needs, as well as your own, and be there for them even if you've had a rough day. But the beautiful thing is that on the flip side, while you are giving all this to your community, you are also on the receiving end of a lot of care, concern, and love. I think we have a pretty unique community set up. You have your housemates, but you also have your cohort, and you guys are in it together from day one. I can't imagine doing my first year teaching without it."

 

Merijke Coenraad

Merijke Coenraad

Hometown: Juneau, AK

Undergraduate Institution: Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Undergraduate Majors: Elementary Education, Spanish, and Hispanic Studies

UCTC Teaching Placement: Saint Columbkille Partnership School, Middle school Spanish, Religion, and History

How has UCTC supported your spiritual growth? "Faith and spirituality have always been very important to me. One of the reasons I was attracted to UCTC is that I would have a chance to develop spiritually as I develop in my teaching. Over my time in the program, I have had the opportunity to share my faith with those around me and be supported spiritually, as well as professionally. Through our weekly spirituality times, I have been able to actively reflect on the life that I am living and the blessings I have been given. I am challenged by those around me to be the best person that I can be and to never let the spiritual side of me get lost in the business of life."

 

Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Undergraduate Majors: Mathematics and Secondary Education

UCTC Teaching Placement: Cristo Rey Boston, Mathematics

What has been your funniest experience in the classroom thus far? "Thank God I am able to laugh at myself as a first year teacher, because sometimes you do have to realize that you still look very young  and your students know it! The first time we were doing SAT prep, I stated to my class, "Believe it or not, I am a great resource as an SAT tutor. I really know the Mathematics section well." Without hesitating, one of my students replied, 'Of course you know the SAT well Mr. Gordon,  I'm pretty sure I saw you take it yesterday.'"

 

 

Kate Griffith

Kate Griffith

Hometown: Angwin, CA

Undergraduate Institution: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Undergraduate Major: Mathematics and Theater Arts

UCTC Teaching Placement: St. Joseph Preparatory High School, Mathematics

What attracted you to UCTC? "I looked into many of the UCCE programs, but what struck me most about UCTC was the intimacy of the program and the strong foundation. I liked that everyone lived in a single community, as opposed to being separated into multiple houses. I also felt like there was a strong support system for not only teaching, but spiritual, professional and personal supports as well. Good thing my impressions were right!"

Christy Lattimer

Christy Lattimer

Hometown: Darien, CT

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education and Human Development

    UCTC Teaching Placement: Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, Neponset,     Second Grade

What do you most enjoy about teaching in a Catholic school? "I love the feeling of a community that I think is a unique part being in the school I am in. We come together every morning to pray and sing together, our principal wishes us to have a wonderful day and encourages every student to "Be the light of Christ" - to do their best and to love those around you. It makes me happy every morning to be a part of this community and to gather with my students and the rest of the school. We have a wonderful and devoted staff who love all of the students in our school. My students are also loving and caring, and I think our school fosters this."

 

Kelly Lawton

Kelly Lawton

Hometown: Randolph, NJ

Undergraduate Institution: Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate Major: Elementary and Special Education

UCTC Teaching Placement: South Boston Catholic Academy, Third Grade

What have you found most rewarding about UCTC? "All of the components of UCTC have been extremely rewarding.  I have support from my community members, program director, advisors at Boston College, and staff members, and also have access to a number of professional development opportunities.  As a first year teacher, it is crucial to feel supported so that you can be the best you can possibly be for your students each day.  In addition, having spirituality every Thursday night really helps to clear my mind from the daily stresses that first year teaching can bring you.  I am able to grow in my faith with the members of my community and to take time to reflect on my own personal goals for the rest of the year.  This program has allowed me to be my best self through each of its components and I cannot imagine starting my journey of teaching in any other way."

Cohort 18

Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College: 2014 - 2016

Erica Carmody

Erica Carmody

Hometown: Norwell, MA

Undergraduate Institution: Stonehill College, Easton, MA

Undergraduate Major: French, Education Minor

UCTC Teaching Placement: Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton, Fourth Grade/French

Why did you choose UCTC?  "I never visited Boston College where I'd be studying, the Convent where I'd be living, or Trinity Catholic Academy where I'd be teaching. Nonetheless, I applied to UCTC and accepted the wonderful opportunity I was offered. I chose UCTC because I felt the high expectations and support of the staff at the Roche Center for Catholic Education during my application and interview process. I knew that my prior experience teaching was not only valued, but would be challenged to grow and I would be asked to take risks. The risk-taking began with moving from Montana to Massachusetts to see if I was right, and I was!"

 

Alexandria Catherall

Alexandria Catherall

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Undergraduate Institution: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Undergraduate Major: English, Education Minor

UCTC Teaching Placement: Cathedral High School, Boston, Middle and     High School English

Why were you attracted to UCTC?  "I was attracted to UCTC due to the intentional and relational aspects of the program. I discerned my vocation to teach and desired to begin my first year of teaching with people who offered support and guidance. In UCTC I not only am able to pursue my passion to help others and teach, but I am also able to grow as a teacher along with the support and encouragement of a community. For me teaching is about building relationships and knowing students for who they are, and it's remarkable that this program allows you to grow in relationship with students, as well as with fellow members of the program."

 

Gina-Lou Desplantes

Gina-Lou Desplantes

Hometown: Greenville, Orange County, NY

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

Undergraduate Major: Early Childhood and Primary Education

UCTC Teaching Placement: Sacred Heart School, Roslindale, MA, Sixth-Grade

Why did you choose UCTC? "I chose UCTC because of the support I knew I would get from the program. I am supported to grow as a teacher through my mentor and instructional coaching. Just as importantly, I have the support of my community pushing me to grow, not only as a teacher, but as a person. First year teaching is difficult, but I chose UCTC because I can't imagine doing it without the support of the program."

 

 Liam Doherty

Liam Doherty

Hometown: Mansfield, MA

Undergraduate Institution: Canisius College, Buffalo, NY

Undergraduate Major: Adolescent Education, History

UCTC Teaching Placement: Cathedral High School, Boston, Middle and High School History

What has been your funniest classroom experience so far? "I went into school one day with a new hair cut. A female student asked me how and where I got my hair cut. I looked at her, slightly confused, and asked her why she wanted to know. She said she was interested in hair cuts and being a hair dresser, so I didn't think anything of it and told her I got a 4 on the sides and just have them kind of cut it in on top. So... the next day I walk into school, and there she is with 6 inches of hair cut off and my exact hair cut. Worst part is, she wears it much better."

 

Kaitlyn Hammel

Kaitlyn Hammel

Hometown: Cranberry Township, PA

Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education and Special Education

UCTC Teaching Placement: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar, Roxbury Crossing, Third Grade

What do you most enjoy about teaching in a Catholic School? "Teaching in a Catholic school is a joyous experience for me, as I am able to express my faith while fostering the faith development of children!  My school approaches education in a more loving way, focusing on the social and emotional needs of all students.  We encourage and build community within each classroom and within the school, as we acknowledge the holiness in each person.  Spreading the good news of Christ to children is a unique opportunity, and I am so grateful for this experience.  I feel that teaching in a Catholic school allows me to be my fullest self, thereby making me a better teacher and person."

 

Elizabeth Looney

Elizabeth Looney

Hometown: Mansfield, MA

Undergraduate Institution: Providence College, Providence, RI

Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education and Special Education

UCTC Teaching Placement: Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton, MA, Sixth Grade

What attracted you to UCTC? "I was attracted to UCTC because of the people. UCTC offers opportunities for personal, professional, and academic growth. However, this growth is only possible because of the people I share the experience with. My fellow cohort members provide me with friendship and solidarity on this journey as a first-year teacher. The cohort above me, as well as the members of past cohorts, offer guidance, resources, advice and friendship to all. And our director, professors, and staff assisting UCTC are incredible, providing endless support and opportunities for us to become the best teachers and people we can be. The people in UCTC are what make this program as great as it is and they are what drew me here."

 

Rachel Rothans

Rachel Rothans

Hometown: Vista, CA

Undergraduate Institution: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

Undergraduate Major: Liberal Studies

UCTC Teaching Placement: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar, Roxbury Crossing, Kindergarten

What is it like to live in the UCTC Community? "Living in the UCTC community is like living with all of your extended family members.  We are all very different and these differences make living together interesting and exciting.  Our diverse personalities along with our similar callings as teachers truly creates a place of love and support.  Our family is made complete only when everyone is home at the convent and fully alive in their vocation and spirituality."

Caitlin Wolford

Caitlin Wolford

Hometown: Coral, PA

Undergraduate Institution: University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, Johnstown, PA

Undergraduate Major: Early Childhood Education, Psychology

UCTC Teaching Placement: Trinity Catholic Academy Lower Campus, Brockton, MA, Pre-Kindergarten

What have you found most rewarding about UCTC? "It has been extremely rewarding to teach as a ministry in a Catholic school, live simply in an intentional community and grow in faith, all while continuing my journey as a life-long learner. After much discernment, I felt called to serve in Boston.  After spending some time in the teaching work force, I decided to take on a new adventure. Now, I can not have imagined spending my first year as a teacher without a community of teachers to experience it all with! The most rewarding part of UCTC has been the opportunities that it has brought into my life: the opportunities to practice my passions."

Cohort 19

Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College: 2015 - 2017

Brittany bruke

Brittany Burke

Hometown: Holliston, MA

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Undergraduate Majors: Elementary Education and Perspectives on Spanish America

UCTC Teaching Placement: St. Peter School, Cambridge, Kindergarten through Fourth Reading Specialist and Introductory Spanish

What aspect of UCTC has offered you the greatest opportunity for growth?  "Every day I am challenged by the UCTC and Boston College communities to more deeply understand what it means to live in solidarity; From the classes we take together to the more casual conversations over community dinner, I am constantly pushed to ask myself the questions: Who am I in relation to the greater world in which I live? How must I treat each person I interact with and each student in my classroom in order to play a part in enhancing the human condition? How can my ideals about human compassion be made relevant to the society at large and the social structures that quiet the voices of so many? I am eternally grateful for the opportunity UCTC has granted me to examine the world through this lens and am humbled by the multitude of new perspectives I am exposed to daily."

 

Duff

Elizabeth Duff

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Undergraduate Majors: Elementary Education and Perspectives on Spanish America

UCTC Teaching Placement: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, Roxbury Crossing, Second Grade

What has been your most rewarding teaching experience so far?  "I worked closely with an English Language Learning student who had been recently adopted from Ethiopia as she crafted her autobiography in our English Language Arts unit. The writing process had been a very personal journey for her throughout the semester months and her finished work brought tears to my eyes. On the last day of the semester, she waited until all of the other students had said their goodbyes and left the classroom. She came up to me with her deep brown eyes filled with tears and wrapped her arms around me. 'Thank you for everything, Ms. Duff. You are a very good teacher. I will remember you always.' She left me standing alone in our third grade classroom with my own tears streaming down my own face. I remember that moment because it was the first time since my return from studying abroad in El Salvador four months before that I felt I was exactly where I was supposed to be. For me, teaching can be a very spiritual experience, and I think I encounter a little bit of God in every young student. Right now, I feel pulled to pursue this vocation among young students with stories to be told and heard."

Fischer

Meghan Fischer

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Undergraduate Institution: St. Thomas University, Minneapolis, MN

Undergraduate Majors: Elementary Education and Catholic Studies

UCTC Teaching Placement: Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, Neponset, Dorchester, Third Grade

What is it like to live in the UCTC community? "Living in a community is something like having a magnifying glass to your soul. Working with and loving the people in the house helps me love the larger communities that I am apart of, such as my classroom, my school that I work at, or even the world. The community affirms my gifts while challenging me to improve. I am growing to truly know the other 15-some people here and I am growing to better know myself in a way that I do not think would be possible without the community."

 

 Noel Kim

Noel Kim

Hometown: Sleepy Hollow, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Undergraduate Majors: Elementary Education and English

UCTC Teaching Placement: St. Peter School, Cambridge, Pre-K through Fourth Science

How has UCTC supported you professionally? "UCTC has been so great about making sure members of the cohort are fully certified in different areas as teachers in the state of Massachusetts. The countless opportunities that the program offers come with many responsibilities. Taking on these responsibilities while balancing community living and schoolwork have helped me to grow professionally through the management of my time and priorities."

 

Bridgette Minnema

Bridgette Minnema

Hometown:  Grand Rapids, MI

Undergraduate Institution: Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

Undergraduate Majors: Elementary Education and Spanish

UCTC Teaching Placement: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, Roxbury Crossing, Fourth Grade

Why did you choose UCTC?  "I chose UCTC because it offered exactly what I was looking for in a teaching program. I knew that I wanted to work in a Catholic school, I wanted to continue my education, and I wanted a good support system to help me get through the first years of teaching. UCTC not only allows for me to live within a supportive community of fellow educators, but I also get to work in a Catholic school while simultaneously working towards a master's degree. I couldn't imagine starting off my teaching career in any other way!"

Kathleen Murphy

Kathleen Murphy  

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Institution: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Undergraduate Major: Middle Childhood Education

UCTC Teaching Placement: Cathedral High School, Boston, Ninth Grade     Math and Social Studies

What do you enjoy most about teaching in a Catholic school? "I really enjoy teaching in a Catholic School because it allows for me to share my faith with me students. I am able to talk with my students about my faith and their own which I think helps to build better relationships with students."

Sam Rosenbaum

Sam Rosenbaum

Hometown: Stratford, CT

Undergraduate Institution: Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

Undergraduate Majors: Secondary Education and English

UCTC Teaching Placement: Cathedral High School, Boston, Ninth through Twelfth English

How has UCTC helped you to grow professionally? "The most important learning occurs when we encounter differences. In a community and network of educators from different backgrounds and schools, with different pedagogies and passions, there is room for growth in every conversation. Our common purpose brings us together, allows us to utilize each other as resources, and to push each other in our practice. In partnership with the education we receive at the Lynch School, there are endless opportunities to develop our knowledge in order to better serve our students. The academic component of the program puts us in relationship with colleagues professionals full of insight and resources that force us to be critical of what we do, why we do it, and what we want to do moving forward."

 

 Lisa Soper

Lisa Soper

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

Undergraduate Institution: Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education, Reading and Early Childhood Education Minors

UCTC Teaching Placement: South Boston Catholic, South Boston, Second Grade

Why did you choose UCTC? "I chose to attend UCTC because of the unparalleled community of support, personal, professional and spiritual growth that this program offers. I also liked that my fellow cohorts members had discerned education to be their vocation, which strengthens our community tenfold. Living and working alongside talented individuals who have a passion for educating children and have a spark to seek growth and change within our Catholic schools is such unique learning experience."

I am challenged by those around me to be the best person that I can be.

Over my time in the program, I have had the opportunity to share my faith with those around me and be supported spiritually, as well as professionally. Through our weekly spirituality times, I have been able to actively reflect on the life that I am living and the blessings I have been given. I am challenged by those around me to be the best person that I can be and to never let the spiritual side of me get lost in the business of life."
Merijke Coenraad, UCTC Alumnus, Cohort 17