On May 10, Christian Brothers University (CBU) celebrated the graduation of the third cohort of the Lasallian Association of New Catholic Educators (LANCE) teachers in the Stritch Chapel on the CBU campus.
LANCE is a two-year program welcoming young college graduates who wish to serve as teachers in Catholic Schools. CBU formed a partnership with the Diocese of Memphis to begin this program in 2003. Participants in the program teach in Catholic schools, live in community, support each other’s spiritual development and take courses at CBU to complete a Masters of Arts in Teaching.
The members of the 2007 graduating cohort are from throughout the country and include:
Nicole Grossman is from Medford, MN and received her bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN. During her two years of service, Grossman taught English, drama, and language arts at Memphis Catholic Middle/High School. Grossman is remaining in her teaching position at Memphis Catholic.
Erin Marx is a native of Corning, NY and came to the LANCE Program by way of the University of Notre Dame, where she completed her bachelor’s degree. Marx has taught 4th grade at the Holy Names Elementary School. She will go on to further graduate study at the University of New Hampshire for a degree in Family Therapy.
Valerie McDaniel is from Bay City, MI and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago. For the past two years, McDaniel has taught science, math and religion at Bishop Byrne Middle/High School. She has applied to teach in the KIPP Program in Washington, DC next year.
The LANCE Program currently has first-year teachers (Cohort 4) serving at Memphis Catholic Middle/High School, Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary School, De La Salle School, Immaculate Conception Middle School and St. Anne Elementary School on Highland Ave.