Returning home for Christmas break with friends and family felt different than how I expected. Of course I was thrilled to spend time with my loved ones again. My first semester as an ASC mentor and teacher in Colorado was the longest time I had been away from my parents since birth, and the longest time being away from my friends since I started college. Needless to say, I had been looking forward to Christmas for quite some time.
I enjoyed every minute I spent with those close to me back home. It was a blessing. However, from day one of being home, there was a feeling deep inside of me that longed to return to Denver. It was like a voice in my head telling me to return to Regis Jesuit High School. It was quiet at first, but by the time my plane took off to return to Denver, it was all I could hear.
This semester, I have three new classes, and with that three new challenges. I’m teaching Oral Communications to all grades in the Boys Division at Regis Jesuit High School (a bit of a daunting task), a new Literature to Film class, also in the Boys Division. And I’m co-teaching Television and Broadcast Journalism in the Girls Division. With these new challenges also comes the opportunity for growth and to continue learning more in every facet of education.
Having the love and support of both Regis Jesuit and my ASC community are the forces driving me forward. Getting to know students and faculty personally continues to make me feel more confident about my passion for teaching. I’m not sure where I’ll be called to at the conclusion of this year, but that desire that called me to return to Regis Jesuit during Christmas break still burns strong inside me, and I’m thrilled to give all of myself to this community.