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LOCAL AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION TEACHER HONORED THROUGH BEGINNING TEACHER GRANT PROGRAM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPT. 20, 2021
CONTACT: Susan Moore
Director, IAA Foundation
As Illinois continues to face an agricultural education teacher shortage, one group is tackling the issue through a grant program for beginning ag teachers.
This week, Ms. Cally Diss was selected as one of four new Agriculture Teachers in Illinois to receive recognition as a recipient of this teacher grant. Ms. Diss applied for the grant program and was selected based on excellent efforts in the classroom as well as strong short and long term personal and agriculture program goals.
Representatives from LaSalle Farm Bureau and the Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) were on hand to announce the award to Diss and their students.
Principal Brooke Rick: “We are beyond blessed to have Ms. Diss at Marquette Academy. Her enthusiasm and passion for Agriculture Education is tremendous. She is certainly deserving of this award and we are so very excited for her to be the recipient of it."
“I pour my heart into teaching our kids, so I felt very honored to be recognized for it. People keep saying that Marquette is lucky to have me, but really I am the lucky one to be at Marquette! I am so happy to be an agricultural teacher and FFA advisor. It truly is the best career and I will be doing it until the day I retire!” Cally Diss
Illinois agricultural education teachers completing their first year in the classroom are eligible to apply for this grant. The amount of the grant payment will increase over the course of the teacher’s first five years in the classroom, up to $10,000 total, if they meet the re-application process confirming they remain active as an agricultural education teacher in the state of Illinois.
The Illinois Farm Bureau, through its charitable arm, the IAA Foundation, created the Illinois Agricultural Education Teacher Grant Program. Illinois Farm Bureau provided seed money to begin the program, and the IAA Foundation seeks additional funding partners to continue adding new first year teachers into the grant program, with a goal of funding 32 teachers over a twelve-year timeframe.
More program information can be found online at www.iaafoundation.org under “Our Mission at Work”.
Dear Marquette Families,
Please see the attached information from the Office of Catholic regarding the Covid 19 policies for 2021-2022 school year. Please read the ENTIRE document as it contains a great deal of pertinent information regarding policies and procedures for the upcoming school year. If there are any changes to this guidance as we move forward you will be notified immediately.
Dear Students, Families, Faculty and Staff of Marquette Academy,
As the newly ordained and newly assigned Chaplain of Marquette Academy and Parochial Vicar at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Streator, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Fr. Bosse, pronounced “bossy”.
I grew up on a beef cattle feedlot outside a small town in Northeast Kansas with two older brothers and an older sister. They are all married and I have twelve nieces and nephews with the thirteenth on the way. Life on the farm never inspired me to desire the priestly life. Don’t get me wrong, I am overjoyed to be here as your new priest. If I had my way though, four years ago I would have been moving to work at Frito-Lay Headquarters in Texas. Headquarters in Texas was the only reason why in 2012 I agreed to leave my home and job in Kansas to take a new job running a corn handling facility outside of Champaign, Illinois. Illinois was supposed to be a stepping stone on my path to Texas where there were a bounty of prospective spouses and weather that rarely gets below zero.
The life I had planned and the dreams I created for myself crumbled when I realized that God was calling me to be his priest. Despite my own unworthiness, God called and patiently waited for me to respond freely and completely by giving my life back to Him. On May 29th of this year, with only a small portion of my friends and family present, Bishop Jenky laid his hands upon my head and spoke simple words that forever transformed my life. In a moment, I became committed to living the rest of my life in a state whose winters are worse than Kansas; I was espoused to a 2000-year-old woman whom we call Holy Mother Church; and I became a “Father” to men and women young enough to be my own and old enough to be my grandparents.
The first weeks of priesthood have been a whirlwind filled with joys and blessings; the joys of celebrating the sacraments that make Christ present to His people; the blessings of meeting so many kind and devoted sons and daughters who are seeking to follow Christ. At the same time, there have been unique challenges and difficulties for which seminary formation can never fully prepare you. Throughout all of it, the grace of God has been abundantly present as I have come into this unexpected and truly beautiful new life.
I look forward to meeting you all whether in the school or in the community. I have said it many times since I arrived, my family is five hundred miles from here, so please make me a part of your family. The priest isn’t supposed be a stranger or alien to family life, so make me a part of your family.
While I will be teaching Christian Life to our Juniors this year, my role is to be present for all members of our community. The Church tells us that parents are the primary teachers of their children, so if there is anything that you need help in understanding or articulating about the faith, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. God brought me here to aid you and your children on your journey to know, love and serve Him. My hope is to be able to help everyone find the joy that comes from giving your life completely to Him.
With prayers, love and blessings,
Chaplain of Marquette Academy
Parochial Vicar, St. Michael the Archangel
and Sts. Peter and Paul