“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” - St. Teresa of Calcutta
Reflection on Catholic Education
"Reason and religion are the two springs of my method of education....In this educational method, religion - like a bit in a fiery steed’s mouth - thoroughly controls the youngster, while reason – like a bridle – steers his course....The secret of education is summed up in two words: religion and reason – religion, genuine and sincere, to control one’s actions; reason, to apply moral principles to one’s activities rightly." -- St. John Bosco
As a convert to Catholicism at the age of 21, I had no exposure to Catholic Education in my youth. However, in the years following my conversion, my relationship with Christ and my love for the Church grew exponentially. By the time I had my own children, I was convinced that their education must have at its center the Truths of Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I believe Catholic Education is essential for the formation of a child because it addresses the whole child – body, mind, soul. It is not enough to educate the mind and not feed the soul or form the character. As Alice von Hildebrand once said, “Information without formation is useless.”
St. Teresa of Calcutta inspires me to remember to do all things in love. Children need education and formation, yes, but if that child does not feel loved, he cannot accept the teaching. Love can change hearts. Love makes all the difference. Teaching is a vocation, a mission from God. I look to Him for the guidance and grace to be His love and His presence in my classroom and in the lives of the students entrusted to me.
I consider myself truly blessed to be able to teach at Mount Royal Academy, where these values are supported and encouraged; where Jesus is present in His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity; and where Love resides. - Mrs. Lisa Sweet
Lisa Sweet lives in Cornish, NH with her husband, Scott, and three of their five children. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Plymouth State College. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Elementary Education Certification for grades K-8.
Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in Catholic education, including homeschooling her 5 children, where her passion for authentic Catholic education was born. She is the founder of the St. Bonaventure Homeschooling Cooperative in Claremont, NH. Lisa also taught 5th and 6th grades for 3 years at New England Classical Academy, and was responsible for instruction in all subjects, including Latin. Lisa served on the school development and curriculum committees at John Paul II Academy, in Claremont, NH, and taught the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades there.
For the past 5 years Lisa has been the Director of Faith Formation for St. Mary Parish in Claremont, NH, responsible for the design and implementation of the religious education program, teaching middle and high school religious education students, and Sacramental preparation. She is also certified to teach Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Level 1.
Lisa taught Chinese children English through VIPKID, an online ESL school. Each day she got a glimpse, not only into the children’s homes, but into the dynamics of Chinese family life. This type of education goes both ways – Lisa instructed Chinese children in English, and they opened her heart and mind to a different culture.
When she is not teaching, Lisa enjoys reading, walking, gardening, visiting the ocean, and especially spending time with her family, including her four beautiful grandchildren.