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Creighton University Catholic Teacher Corps Commissions 19 Teachers

Creighton University Catholic Teacher Corps Commissions 19 Teachers

Nineteen teachers in Creighton University’s Magis Catholic Teacher Corps have begun assignments in Catholic schools across Nebraska and South Dakota as of their commissioning from Creighton University on July 30.

The program, a division of Creighton University’s education department, seeks to support teachers academically, socially and spiritually as they serve under-resourced Catholic schools. By living together with other participants, the teachers explore their personal and professional lives with support from each other. They also receive academic and spiritual support from Creighton through education classes.

“Magis takes out of the classroom and puts into the community things that these teachers have learned. It makes it much more than just a classroom-focused program to include service to the broader community,” said Creighton University President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J.

Participants who complete the program also receive a master’s degree and a teaching license for the state of Nebraska, among other benefits. This year’s program included new sites in North Platte and Rapid City, SD.

“Magis teachers are missioned. They have a sense of what it means to be a teacher in a holistic way, including their spirituality,” said Magis Director Molly Davies.

This year’s participants along with their placements are: Jeffrey Dorr, John Roselle III, Anne Grass, and Sister Christie Udebor, SSL (Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, SD); Joseph Elliot (Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln); Christopher Start (Holy Name, Omaha); Jennifer Toplikar (St. Joan of Arc, Omaha); Robert Kinney-Walker (Mt. Michael Benedictine High School, Elkhorn); Jennifer Ward (Blessed Sacrament, Omaha), Katie Falkowski (St. Elizabeth Seton, Rapid City, SD); Paul High Horse and Krissy Poston (St. Patrick’s, North Platte); Ryanne Hoos and Anna Sander (Our Lady of Lourdes, Omaha); Erin McGuan (Assumption/Guadalupe, Omaha), T.J. Mullaney and Thomas Sander (Holy Ghost, Omaha); Maria Scarpello (Christ the King, Omaha), and Kathryn Wetzel (St. Thomas More, Rapid City, SD).