As we focus on Catholic education during National Catholic Schools Week, we should remember the financial sacrifice many Catholic teachers make to impact their students. 

According to the National Center for Education, the average teacher salary in the United States in 2011 was $56,069. The average salary for a teacher at a Catholic school was $43,500. 

The University of Dayton’s Lalanne post-graduate teacher service program is one of many by various colleges that has sprung up to offer a fresh opportunity to new Catholic teachers. Participants live in communal houses, cook meals together and find support in the community of teachers. The program focuses on the idea that teaching is a vocation and that Catholic school teachers are using their job to pass on the faith.