Magazine article Momentum

From the EDITOR'S DESK

Magazine article Momentum

From the EDITOR'S DESK

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As the new face at NCEA, the question often asked is, "What drew you to work in Catholic education?"

After rattling off some of my professional experience-managing marketing for a Catholic high school in Oakland, California and communications at Catholic Charities in San Francisco-and how NCEA seems a natural progression, I realize I may not have answered the question fully because the question isn't the right one to answer.

Instead, I'd like to answer, "How has Catholic education shaped your work?"

1 was guided by a life of Catholic education. I "sang to the mountains" at Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary School in Vestal, New York, celebrated the "Saints" as a school mascot at Seton Catholic Middle School in Endicott, New York and had the honor of a Baccalaureate ceremony as a graduate at Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton, New York. I can recall sitting cross-legged in the cafeteria for daily prayer, marching down the block to the local parish for holy days and having the privilege of calling winter break, "Christmas Vacation." And even more vividly, I have a list of teachers and administrators whose guidance, patience and dedication prepared me for my college years and beyond. These are things you just don't get anywhere else. …

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