What do the current LU-CHOICE teachers have to say about teaching and LU-CHOICE?
"I wanted to do something where I could use my talents to serve others directly."
"The people you'll meet are excellent. I've met diverse, brilliant people, talented teachers who have a natural instinct to serve and really show it, even on the first day of teaching."
"It's a unique opportunity to be with other teachers who are just starting, all in the same place and sharing excitement and worries. I'm really grateful for that."
Ideal candidates for LU-CHOICE are bright, enthusiastic, non-married, men and women who feel called to serve others as elementary school teachers. LU-CHOICE teachers have previous experience of volunteer or community service, and almost all have worked with elementary aged children, whether it be tutoring, volunteering in schools, working with youth groups, coaching or mentoring.
Applicants should have a college degree. If your undergraduate degree is in the field of education, you should not have the license that is offered by LU CHOICE (see below). LU-CHOICE welcomes graduates from institutions other than Loyola, as well as those from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Applicants must have an interest in working with elementary school children and receiving a Professional Educator License (PEL) with an elementary endorsement (grades 1 -6) allowing you to teach self-contained grades 1-6. LU CHOICE teachers can be placed in grades 1-8. Those teaching 7th or 8th grade must also teach 6th grade in order to meet licensing requirements.
LU-CHOICE teachers live a simple lifestyle during their two-year commitment. They receive a modest stipend from their schools, out of which they pay for rent, utilities, food and other basic items.
"By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn."
Catholic educators, then, express excellence and fulfill the demands of their vocation as they minister to the authentic needs of youth. Their work is not only a job, a profession requiring specialized expertise; it is also a divine calling, that is, a ministry requiring courage and confidence.
The Vocation of the Catholic Education (NCEA, 1996)