Shortly after being accepted, I was invited to join an Integrated Teacher Program. Teacher candidates in this program are chosen based on their academic success in high school and responses to the La Verne college application. This amazing program allows me to graduate in four years with my bachelor’s plus credentials. If I took the traditional route, I would work on my bachelor’s in the four years and then go back for my master’s and credentials. This program integrates the two.
This school year (20-21), I started my first set of credential courses. I still take a few general education and bachelor’s courses, however. These classes were called Language and Literacy and Introduction to Teaching Practices. I absolutely loved them! I was learning so much!
I discovered that I had been “using” effective strategies and techniques for a long time. (I used to “teach” my dad using textbooks from Barnes and Noble when I was in second grade!) It was so amazing to learn how to teach rather than just what to teach. I continued taking credential courses this spring semester. It is quite a lot of work and at times very overwhelming, but I love it immensely.
With this increased course load (I have a job and big credentialling tests to take along with my courses),
I am always lonesome for the sisters! I do what I can, and I praise God for the time! I am grateful for technology and Zoom which have allowed me to stay connected, even if it looks different.
For example, I was supposed to have a “tea party” with the sisters in Pomona about three days before everything shut down for COVID. This is because I LOVE to bake! I love to learn new skills and techniques. (And yes, I do totally watch the Great British Baking show! How do you think I get all of my ideas!)
My family would say that I am a crowned expert at making scones. I hope to make up for this soon! Otherwise, I will be visiting my grandparents and family in WI over the summer, as well as participating in Seeds of Hope, virtually. During this time, my goal is to make a Croquembouche! We’ll see how it goes!
In other news, Catholics in Action, the Catholic club I started at ULV has a big opportunity coming its way! CRS, Catholic Relief Services, reached out to ULV to start one of its University Chapters. As they were getting to know staff and students at ULV, everyone kept telling them that they “HAD to meet Monica, oh, you just HAVE to meet Monica.”
I was able to connect with the regional manager and we had a lovely conversation. CRS and Catholics in Action will be creating a CRS University Chapter on the campus of ULV and joining others across the country! I still am in awe and wonder of God’s grace. He has blessed this ministry adventure so much so that CRS wanted to connect with me and with my club!
I continue to pray and think about all the sisters daily! I often daydream what life will be like after I graduate and candidacy! I am forever grateful for God’s call that brought me to you! I strive to take each day as a blessing that brings me closer to Him and to all of You.
Have a blessed Easter season!