I love that I'm a sister who teaches science. I teach my homeroom's religion and I love teaching religion. I went to school and studied theology but here I am. What is so awesome about being a sister who teaches science to middle schoolers is that my kids know that when I'm not with them, I actually do something other than pray on my knees for them (although I do that too!) They realize when I'm excited that I have other interests that don't take away from my vocation in any way but add to my faith and science is one of those things.
When I got changed, I cannot even tell you how excited I was to be teaching science. It gives me such an opportunity to infuse faith and practical real life situations for students who are at the perfect point for molding into dedicated and faithful Catholic Christians. These kids are asking all the right questions; "How could the big bang happen if Adam and Eve happened?" "Why is sex before marriage wrong?" "What about stem cell research?" "Why are people poor?" "Why is there war?" It all goes back to science and ties in with everything that they want to know. They want to know that God created everything, that scripture is telling the truth, just maybe without historical accuracy. They want to know that God created their body in a good and loving way to mirror how much He loves them. They want to hear that their life is special and cannot be thrown away and cannot be replicated. They want to know why there is greed over resources and places that causes the meek and humble to be hurt. They want to know that death is not the end of everything and that the way we live really matters.
At the same time, aside from all the big questions of life, we have a lot of fun. They are still kids and they want to know; "Why do people have the hiccups?" "How do the waves get bigger when we are down the shore in the summer?" "Can we blow up a.... (The boys always want to blow something up - the answer is always no.)?"
Basically, I love everything about it. I feel like I get paid... no wait, that doesn't happen... to laugh all day! And I love them. Our kids need to know that we love them, in school, in the parish, at Mass when they are being obnoxious, or when they are serving with reverence, and at home. God is love. Let's show them Him.