(Closed) Any Catholic School Teacher Bees out there?

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Bumble Beekeeper

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CDagger19:  Darling Husband worked at a Catholic school after college. He’s Catholic, but one of his colleagues was Protestant. Unless you’re teaching religion classes, I don’t think they have any kind of litmus test or anything for the other subject teachers. It’s probably just important that you respect their values and traditions, and I’m sure you’ll learn about the details along the way. 

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I teach at a Catholic Elementary School- during my interview they didn’t ask me specifics from the Bible or theology. They asked about my comfort levels teaching the faith. One thing to note in all contracts in our school has a clause about following the Church’s teachings (ex. Going to church each week, etc). I think we may have also discussed how to live out the faith. Granted I knew many of the interview committee personally  (I had student taught at this school), but I found they cared about how I could teach overall, not just how “good” of a Catholic I am. (For the record, not every staff member is Catholic at our school. 95% are but those who are not are expected to teach the Catholic faith still.)

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Sugar bee

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Newbee
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I currently work at a Catholic elementary school as well and like what PP said, they seemed to care more about my teaching skills then just the Catholic faith.  I am actually not Catholic myself, and the only question they asked about religion was if I was comfortable with teaching Catholic Religion lessons.  They also had a few more requirements that we need to go to Family Mass on certain Sunday’s throughout the year.  Hopefully unless you are teaching religion you won’t have to brush up too much on anything.  My friend also gave me an old religion text book of hers from her days in Catholic School and that helped to see what kind of things they teach in Religion class. 

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Newbee
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CDagger19:  Oh I understand that! Especially not being Catholic myself, I have noticed I am much more liberal than a few other teachers here who are the type that goes to mass multiple times a weekend.  There was also a whole School Mass where all they talked about was the evil of abortion (thankfully none of my first grade students were listening close enough to ask about it later lol). 

Thankfully my boss is very open to more things and does not restrict too much.  I would guess, however, that there will probably be somethings you can not talk about at the high school level.  I had only worked in public school before as well, so it was an interesting transition.  I tried to just go by the book my first year here and then try a few more things my second year to test the waters haha.  We do follow most state/national standards and are allowed to teach things about fossils and sciene.  The biggest difference is we are allowed to read/talk about religious holidays.  

But hopefully the school is open and lets certain topics still be discussed.  I would guess you will be able to feel out how it is from looking at their current curriculm and book lists.   

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Newbee
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CDagger19:  Hmm. I would say the fact that religion is talked about frequently and weekly Friday mass were the obvious differences, and the fact that Mass and other religious events often are higher priority than class time.  

We also have some parents who feel more entitled to get what they want and the parents have more say in how the school is ran (due to them paying for the education).  The students are well behaved though, and the fact that they can get kicked out of the school for misbehavior does help. 

The school I am at right now also pays much less than local public schools, and we are not given very many school supplies, we either have to ask parents or buy certain things ourselves.  But on the flip side, volunteer hours are required so I have many parents helping with classroom and school events. My school also does not have as many resources (like music teacher, or art teacher).  

We have a little more freedom at this school, however, when it comes to deciding the classroom curriculm.  As long as I am teaching the standards I need to, my boss and the school do not interfere too much.  We can do some fun things at Christmas and Easter time that public schools could not.  At the public schools I was at, the school had much more say in what I was teaching (textbooks/workbooks, etc.).  

I very much enjoy teaching at the Catholic School I am at, but will most likely end up back in Public School in the next few years for the better benefits/pay (not that money is the most important thing, but would like to start a family and would need a little higher pay).  Hope that helps a little! 

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Blushing bee
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My interview did not have any bible-specific questions, but I was asked things along the lines of how I would allow faith to permeate the curriculum, how I felt I modeled the district’s core values (things like loyalty, honesty, dignity and respect, etc). 

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CDagger19 :  I’m craaaazy late to this, not sure if you still check it or not!  Did you get the job?

I teach at a K-8 Catholic school.  My interview did not have any questions regarding Catholicism, just the basic “are you Catholic?” and “how do you live out your faith?”.  My school/the church it is associated with is very — and I mean VERY — strict and old school regarding Catholicism.  I’m not a huge fan, and I do not personally attend church there as I live on the other side of town, but it is the kind of old school that makes people hate Catholics…  Anyway, I absolutely adore my school and I love teaching in a private school.  However, there are downsides.  We are noticing an increased focus on teaching about Catholicism across the entire curriculum.  Not that it’s bad because we already do things like that all the time, but it has become something that is beating the dead horse.  The church we are associated with sees Catholicism as the best of all religions and I really can’t stand that.  We have curriculum to teach and yet we are expected to implement these additional things too in order to “strengthen” the faith of our students by telling them Catholicism is better than everything else.  I love the school and I love the students and I absolutely love teaching there, but these recent events have me wondering about some of the priorities of the people above me.

There are so many benefits though.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change my situation for the world.  I get to know my students very well and we have small class sizes.  I love that I get to teach in a faith-filled environment and I love that I can teach my students about our faith.  Despite the issues I outlined above — which definitely would not be the case in every school, not by a long shot — I love what I do!  Not sure if you took the job or not, but there are so many great things about teaching in a Catholic school!

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