A lifelong Catholic school student and a youth ministry coordinator at St. Matthew’s in Surrey, Eleanor Wong has always enjoyed working with youth, but teaching wasn’t initially in her plans until she took an education class on a whim.
Wong remembers the professor musing to the class that anyone who wants to make a difference in the world should consider teaching because the sheer number of people coming through the education system makes it an excellent place to impact people’s lives positively.
Wong decided to give it a chance, but working for Catholic schools took less soul-searching.
“I’ve only ever gone to Catholic school, so I’m probably biased,” she said, “but I have always appreciated the community in the Catholic system.”
Wong, who is teaching science and religion at Holy Cross Secondary in Surrey, said, “Seeing the social climate that is out there, my heart kind of breaks for the youth. I want to show them that there is more to religion than sitting in the pews.”