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Career & Leadership Development

Life on Tap: Education and Teaching

What is the difference between a good teacher and a great one? The ability to engage students. Communicate ideas well to them. Lead them. And, to be able to connect a multitude of subjects together in order to show the entire picture to students. These are just a few things that can make a teacher stand out from the pact, but all of these skills come from a liberal arts background. A liberal arts education’s focus on forming the whole person helps them become ideal teachers later, impacting education for the better.

Christendom alumni can be found teaching in colleges, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, and at home. No matter what grade level they teach, they are equipped with an understanding of philosophy, history, theology, and more that helps them to impart knowledge better to students.

At Christendom’s Life on Tap alumni networking series, successful teachers have returned to campus to speak on how they used their liberal arts education and the career preparation they received at Christendom to find post-graduate success.

Watch these talks below.

Christian & Catholic Education

To discuss education and teaching, Life on Tap featured three alumni: Victor Alcantara (’05), Megan Rolla (’11) and Theresa Lamirande (’13). Alcantara discussed his experiences as both a teacher and as an administrator, drawing upon his time as the current dean of instruction and accreditation at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic School. Rolla discussed her own unique experience as a Good Shepherd catechist, while Lamirande talked about her time teaching middle and high school students at Front Royal Christian School.

Faith Formation

Alumni Joan Watson, Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo, and James Blankenship revealed the secrets to their success at Life on Tap. Watson, who earned her B.A. in history from Christendom in 2006 is now the director of adult formation for the Diocese of Nashville. Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo earned his B.A. in theology from Christendom in 2004, and his M.A. in systematic theology in 2008 from the college’s graduate school. In 2009, Fr. Hezekias founded the Institute of Catholic Culture, a non-profit Catholic adult faith formation organization dedicated to the Church’s call for a new evangelization. Finally, after graduating from Christendom 2005 with a B.A. in philosophy, Blankenship eventually became the coordinator of religious education at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale, Va., moving to the position of director of religious education in 2013.

Private School Teaching

Emma Boyle (’09), Kelly Lawyer (’13), and Christine Nussio (’12) returned to talk about private school teaching at Life on Tap. Boyle earned her B.A. in History while at Christendom College, and entered the world of teaching shortly thereafter. Now, she is the History department chair at Saint John Paul the Great High School, while continuing to teach both History and English classes. Lawyer graduated from Christendom magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Classics and Early Christian Studies and is now a teacher at Oak Hill Christian School. Finally, Nussio graduated from Christendom College with a B.A. in History and a minor in Theology and is now teaching History at Oakcrest School.

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