New England

Representatives of Catholic schools throughout the Northeast and beyond came to Thomas Aquinas College, New England, Saturday, hoping to recruit future teachers from the college that Thomas Carroll, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston, has called “the gift that keeps on giving.”

“We see TAC students as an antidote, as a solution to the modern issues in Catholic schooling.”


For the first half hour, juniors, seniors, and the guests mingled in the Bl. Frassati Student Center, asking questions and picking up information packets, before gathering for a panel presentation. Student Support Coordinator Emily (Barry ’11) Sullivan then introduced the panel before handing the reins over to the day’s speakers. The panelists represented numerous schools, both from elsewhere in New England, such as Mater Salvatoris College Preparatory Academy in Stamford, Connecticut, and Sparhawk Academy in Millis, Massachusetts, and from further afield, including Holy Rosary Academy in Anchorage, Alaska, and Seton Teaching Fellows in New York City.

The panelists discussed what they looked for in a teacher. “We see TAC students as an antidote, as a solution to the modern issues in Catholic schooling,” said Luke Hollwedel of the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts. “The role of a Catholic school is to help students fall in love with Christ through the curriculum. We need teachers who can bring the love of Christ to any class.”

After the panel, students and panelists made their way upstairs for Mexican food, where the panelists learned more about the attendees, who in turn asked questions about the visitors’ institutions.