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BY VICTORIA LAFAVE DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MARKETING COORDINATOR Kindergarten teacher Emily (Gard- ner) Lightfoot is the new lead teacher at All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) in Ironwood. Lightfoot was born in Hancock, but lived in Menominee most of her life. She attended then Menominee Cath- olic Central School (now St. John Paul II Catholic Academy), and graduated from Menominee High School. After graduation, she attended St. Norbert College in DePere, Wis. Throughout these experiences, she said she en- joyed the sense of community found in both the Catholic elementary school and Catholic college. Lightfoot earned her bachelor of arts degree in early elementary education, graduating magna cum laude. She also earned an academic award for exceptional stan- dards of scholarship. She and her husband Chris belong to Our Lady of Peace Parish in Iron- wood. Lightfoot said both spiritual com- mitment to a Catholic education and academic excellence are important factors in providing an excellent edu- cation to the students of ASCA. "I love teaching at a Catholic school because I have the opportunity to share my faith with the students," she said. "Also, I love teaching the little ones because I get the chance to instill in them the love of learning and of faith. I am looking forward to many years of serving the students at All Saints Catholic Academy." A VISION FOR THE FUTURE Lightfoot's plans for ASCA include continuing former interim principal Dan Paul's plan for the school and trying to rebuild the school from the bottom up - starting with preschool. ASCA offers preschool through eighth grade. "We are very excited that we were able to reinstate the preschool program again this school year," she said. Lightfoot realizes that having a preschool at ASCA gives the school the opportunity to teach students about the Catholic faith from a very young age. "We have a young and energetic teacher who gives children experienc- es to learn life lessons through play," she said. "Currently, that is our largest class at the school!" VIRTUAL SCHOOL OFFERED AT ASCA Along with preschool through eighth grade, ASCA offers online virtual classes in fourth through ninth grade through the Upper Peninsula Virtual Academy (operated through Calumet High School.) Currently, there are six students in ASCA's Virtual Academy in fourth through ninth grades. Students in the virtual academy attend classes in a dedicated digital classroom at ASCA, an experience which comes with each student having his or her own teacher online. Also, each student has his or her own computer, enabling the use of message boards, chat features, high end graph- ics, video presentations, and engaging, interactive learning tools. Students and teachers exchange work through a digital drop-box, email, telephone, and by using other interactive web-based tools. The virtual academy also has two scanners and printers that the students share. Also this year, the virtual academy has initiated the Latin curric- ulum. With the new preschool and virtual academy, the future looks bright for All Saints Catholic Academy. "We are looking forward to the future and we plan to grow the school as the students grow and continue on to the next grade," she said. We want to put life back into the school, and the school to be Christ's light shining in the Ironwood community." To learn more about ASCA or to register your child at, call (906) 932- 3200. There is also a scholar- ship program that offers tuition schol- arships for students who need them. For more information or for a tour of the school, visit the school at 106 South Marquette Street, Iron- wood. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC December 18, 2015 19 6 Day Silent Directed Retreat January 24 - 29, 2016 For Men and Women Cost $235.00 A directed retreat is designed for those who seek to listen and respond to the Lord in an environment of solitude and silence. Anyone is welcome: Catholics and those of other faith traditions. A Couple's Guide to Sacramental Marriage. Advertisers, unite your services to our readers in this year's "Weddings & Marriage" Issue. Ad cut-off: January 14th. Contact Dcn. Steve 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com All Saints Catholic Academy welcomes Lightfoot as lead teacher COURTESY PHOTO Emily Lightfoot (right) stands with her husband, Chris Lightfoot. Emily took over as the lead teacher of All Saints Catholic Academy in Ironwood at the start of the school year.

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