Life on Tap: Education & Teaching | September 22 | Christendom College

Career Development

Life on Tap: Education & Teaching | September 22

boyleEmma Boyle (’09) — History Department Chair, Saint John Paul the Great High School

Emma Boyle (’09) is the history department chair at Saint John Paul the Great High School, where she also teaches history and English. She related how her education at Christendom gave her good habits of study and inquiry, which have served her well as a high school history teacher, and department chair, since leaving the college. “If I don’t have an answer for my students, I know where to go, thanks to my Christendom education,” said Boyle. “Having a liberal arts education and being proficient in multiple disciplines has been invaluable to me as a teacher. Christendom taught me how to integrate different disciplines, such as history and English, serving as a natural springboard for me to think about what education is and what education has become for society today.”

Christine Nussio (’12) — History Teacher, Oakcrest School

Christine Nussio (’12) is a history teacher at Oakcrest School, a girls’ preparatory school in McLean, Va. Nussio explained that the professors at Christendom deeply affected her, and she wanted to have the same effect on others later as a result. She said that, in her experience with Christendom professors, she found individuals who were eager to impart the truth to their students so that they could make it their own. Nussio knew that she wanted to do this for someone else as a result. “If you care about character development, that’s why you should go into teaching. The reason I love being a teacher is because I love to see the impact education has on my students — the same impact I received from my Christendom education,” she said.

Kelly Lawyer (’13) — Latin Teacher, Oak Hill Christian School

Kelly Lawyer (’13) is a Latin teacher for Oak Hill Christian School. Lawyer pointed out that there are various ways for Christendom students to pursue a career in teaching and education. While Boyle and Nussio graduated Christendom and went immediately into teaching, Lawyer decided to pursue graduate school before going on to her teaching career — both valid decisions for students interested in becoming educators, according to Lawyer. She advised that Christendom students should start researching both choices now, while they are still at school, so that they might be better equipped to make the right decision upon graduation. Furthermore, she advised those interested in graduate school to start taking advantage of the programs Christendom has created for that purpose. “To attend grad school, you have to take the GRE, which is very expensive. Christendom now has a great program to help you with this, saving you both the time and the expense in the long run. Take advantage of it, and take advantage of the wonderful professors here who have always been willing to help students in their considerations of careers and further education,” said Lawyer.


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