This piece originally appeared in Cristo Rey Detroit’s Fall Update on October 22, 2017.
In the summer of 2012, I finished my first year as a teacher. I was a volunteer at a Cristo Rey school – Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver, Colorado. Throughout that year I learned about lesson planning, collaborating with other teachers and supporting students in unique ways to fit their needs. However, the most important lesson I learned was how to be a member of the Cristo Rey community and the importance of everyone in that community to the accomplishments of our students. I learned that it takes all the parents, teachers, work partners, administrators, benefactors, etc. to uphold the Cristo Rey mission and to create schools that provide countless opportunities for our students.
Now, in my 6th year as a Mathematics teacher at Detroit Cristo Rey (a place I dearly call home) I continue to deepen my understanding of that lesson every day and try to spread it to new teachers and school members as they become part of our family as others did to me. From Fr. Menard at Arrupe to Fr. Jose at Detroit Cristo Rey, the message of family and community holds strong throughout the network of schools and the impact can be seen nationwide. As I continue on my educational journey, I will take time to reflect on the community and family that worked together to give me opportunities for a better future because I know none of us get where we are on our own. I want to personally thank you all for being a part of that community for our students in whatever way you contribute to their current and future lives.
As I continue my education, it is important for me to reflect on everyone who has contributed in large or small ways to my successes in life. It is important for everyone to recognize that they did not get where they are in life without the support of family and loved ones.