Each year, Catholic schools across the country take a week at the end of January to celebrate the importance of Catholic education and those who are involved in our schools. This year, we wish to highlight one of our teachers, Justine Dailey, who teaches third and fourth grade.
“I really enjoy third and fourth grades because they are very inquisitive and excited about the world around them,” she says.
Mrs. Dailey and her husband, Daniel, have been married for 29 years. They met in college, working summer jobs at Big Boy in Hartland, Mich. They have been parishioners since 1999 and have two children, Isabella and Nicholas, both of whom attended St. Mary School. Mrs. Dailey graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in elementary education.
“I also owned a bookstore for 10 years called Tuesday Books,” she says. “I ran it with two other Catholic moms.”
Mrs. Dailey has been teaching for 10 years, the last seven of which have been at our parish school.
“St. Mary Classical Catholic School is such a special little school,” she says. “When the opportunity came up to teach at St. Mary, I jumped at it. I feel so blessed that this is my home parish and my children went to school here. The Holy Spirit fills the hallways with love and envelopes the children in His truth. I have so many amazing memories and have worked with some incredible people over the years.”
Catholic education is important in the upbringing of children and the building of our society. Parents are the primary educators of their children, but Catholic school education also assists children in learning about the faith and teachings of Christ. Mrs. Dailey believes it is important to teach in a classical Catholic school because the children need the Church now more than ever.
“St. Mary Classical Catholic School focuses on faith and reason,” Mrs. Dailey says. “These are the pillars of a classical Catholic education that are needed to help future generations learn to think critically, solve problems ethically, and promote virtue.
“It is such a blessing to teach about the Trinity and the wonder of the incredible universe God created for us,” she adds. “Our Catholic faith is not a compartmentalized department. It is interwoven in all subjects and all aspects of life. At this school, I am able to teach the tools for lifelong learning that will guide future saints.”
Having witnessed firsthand how her own children were blessed with an excellent and faith-filled education through their time in Catholic education, Mrs. Dailey recommends other parents consider sending their children to Catholic schools.
“Truth, beauty, and goodness are at the core of St. Mary Classical Catholic School,” she says. “St. Mary is dedicated
to forming the whole person. This means students that can critically think for themselves; students that strive to learn and serve the community around them; students that live and excel in Jesus’ teachings as they navigate the challenges in this world.”