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Doubting Thomas

A school teacher, Carole Olsen, was in charge of religious education at Saint Mary’s church in Ottumwa. “You should be teaching a CCD class,” she told me. I was in my early twenties; I was not a teacher and knew nothing about teaching, so I told her no, but Carole didn’t give up.

“You don’t need a degree in education to be a teacher,” she said. “A teacher is someone from whom others learn. A degree just lets you get paid for teaching in the public schools.”

“I wouldn’t know how to go about it or what to do,” I justified. “Thanks for the offer, but I won’t be teaching religious ed.” Carol wasn’...


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