Teaching is one of the most important and underappreciated professions in our country today. As a teacher you are not only responsible in making sure our youth are given a proper education, but you are seen as a role model for the next generation. There have been many stories in the media in the last several years about Catholic school teachers needing to sign stringent morality agreements concerning their lives both in and outside of the classroom, but who doesn’t love to be told by their boss what they are allowed to do with their personal lives? In all seriousness, nearly all businesses, not just Catholic ones, require some form of ethics agreement to be signed before an employment agreement has been arranged. The morality agreements differ from diocese to diocese, but hopefully all will fall within the teachings of the Catholic Church. Another drawback many young educators see with working for a Catholic school is the pay. It is true that Catholic schools may not pay as high as public institutions in many cases, but there are many benefits and opportunities while working for a Catholic school that you would not receive in a public school, and we have listed some below.
You will be part of a tight knit community: Catholic schools are, on average, much smaller than their public counterparts and therefore you have a chance to really form a community. Many students will stay with their school for their entire education, so you and your colleagues will have the chance to witness your students grow from their kindergarten years into adolescence. After graduating, students who return to visit the campus will say they miss the sense of belonging that the Catholic education system offers.
Freedom to openly practice your religion: One of the best things about working for a Catholic school is that you are able to express your religion without the fear of repercussion. There is no separation of church and state when you are working for a private school, so you do not have to worry about losing your job for telling your students to have a Merry Christmas or saying a prayer before starting class. You can faithfully observe all Catholic holidays, big and small, in a matter in which they are supposed to be celebrated; a Christmas tree no longer has to be referred to as a holiday tree, and you are able to teach your students about the true meaning of Christmas.
Your students will have more structured and vigorous academics: Catholic schools are known to have top notch curriculums, and this will show for any student that graduates from the school. When a child transfers from a Catholic school to a public one, he or she will often find that they are leagues above their public school classmates academically. This is because you will have the opportunity to challenge your students, and devote more time to them than you would in the public sector.
Teaching for a Catholic school is a vocation: When you take a job teaching at a Catholic school you will much more than a profession, you will have a vocation. Jesus told us all to be teachers of His Word, and when you teach at a Catholic school you are doing just that. Your students will have the opportunity to have a complete education, both academic and spiritual.
Though you will have to make sacrifices financially to teach at a Catholic school, you will no doubt be rewarded in many other ways. Teaching for a Catholic school is one of the most important jobs there is today in our world which has become so full of evil. Teachers have one of the best opportunities to be a shining light in a world full of darkness, promoting the teachings of Christ to the next generation.