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Bringing Summer Learning to the Classroom

In July, Holy Family Catholic High School Spanish teacher and Fire For Life Club advisor, Mrs. Karen Kidrowski, completed the final year of a three-year Lasallian education and formation program through Buttimer Institute for Lasallian Studies. Located on the campus of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, The Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies is an intensive Lasallian education and formation program that studies the life and work of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the origins of the Lasallian educational mission.

Participants attend the institute from all over the world for three consecutive summers, in two-week durations, and complete three courses of study: The Founding Story, St. John the Baptist De La Salle’s Educational Vision, and St. John the Baptist De LaSalle’s Spiritual Vision.

Completion of the program requires enrollment in a practicum addressing the needs of the Lasallian Educational Community. Mrs. Kidrowski’s practicum focused on completing work for the International Young Lasallians located in Rome and networking with other teachers to generate ideas for classroom use.

Mrs. Kidrowski’s personal goal in attending the institute aligned well with the mission of the program. She stated, “My goal was to learn more about what it means to be a Lasallian educator and bring the mission and philosophy back into my classroom.”

Theology instructors Mr. Doug Bosch, Mrs. Lynnae Bosch and Mr. Andy Witchger have also completed Buttimer Institute’s Lasallian Formation Program.

Holy Family Catholic High School is a Catholic high school grounded in the Lasallian tradition. Lasallian Education centers on Catholic values and personal relationships, emphasizing academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service, and social justice. A Lasallian Education strives to enrich each student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development.