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Counting Our Blessings in Lalanne

Lalanne is blessed this year to welcome seven new teachers to Cohort 14. They are hard at work to become outstanding in their field. There is no doubt that the first year of teaching comes with many challenges. These seven teachers are meeting their challenges through faith in God’s plan as well as with support from Lalanne staff, from colleagues in their schools, and from living with other first- and second-year teachers who know exactly how they feel. Recently, I asked our new teachers what they like best so far about being in Lalanne, and here is what they had to say:

Image of StevenSteven Alrichs
"The best part about Lalanne is living in community. It’s wonderful being able to count on others for support while going through the journey of being a first-year teacher.”

Steven is a graduate of the University of Dayton. He lives in the Cleveland Lalanne Community, and teaches English at St. Martin de Porres High School.

Image of StaceyStacey Buckman
"Lalanne has been a great source of strength and support as I face the challenges of being a first-year teacher. It is so nice to come home at the end of the day and share stories, advice and to pray and laugh together.”

Stacey is a graduate of the University of Dayton. She lives in the Lansing Lalanne Community, and teaches junior high at IHM-St. Casmir Catholic School.

Image of DanDan Eiser
“For me, the best experience in Lalanne so far has been the people. We all come from different experiences with a common purpose for educating. This creates a rich environment allowing for each one of us to thrive. I know the connections I have made with other communities as well as those in my own have made me a better educator, but most importantly, a better person. I am able to grow in multiple facets of my life each day and in turn am able to try and make a difference in each student I teach.”

Dan is a graduate of the University of Dayton. He lives in the Dayton Lalanne Community, and teaches English at Chaminade Julienne High School.

Image of ColleenColleen Federici
“Living in a supportive community of other teachers helps me to see the joy in this challenging time of adjustment and to laugh at the insanity that is being a first-year teacher!”

Colleen is a graduate of the University of Dayton. She lives in the Lansing Lalanne Community, and teaches at St. Paul Catholic School in Owosso, Michigan.

Image of MeganMegan Jones
“Living in an intentional faith community with other teachers is great because we help each other grow professionally and spiritually.”

Megan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She lives in the Indianapolis Lalanne Community, and teaches Math at Scecina Memorial High School.

Image of KatieKatie Klinker
“The support from living in community and gaining confidence in my ability to teach a class of 24 hyper fourth graders are two of the many great things about Lalanne.”

Katie graduated from St. Mary’s College. She lives in the Flint Lalanne Community, and teaches fourth grade at Holy Family Catholic School in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Image of CourtneyCourtney Shea
“One of my favorite parts about being a member of Lalanne is getting to come home to a community filled with five other Catholic School teachers who can not only relate to experiences I have had thus far in my first year of teaching but who can also give advice, empathize, and help me grow into the role model I hope to be for my current and future students.”

Courtney graduated from Providence College. She lives in the Flint Lalanne Community, and teaches at Holy Family Catholic School in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

As I reflect on the ten years I have been working with Lalanne, there are many, many blessings to count. The blessing for which I am most grateful each year is our first-year teachers, young men and women who have chosen to begin their teaching career as Catholic school teachers. They are the future of Catholic education, and it is an honor to walk this journey with them.