This year, the first day of school was a day of many firsts for Angela Brunini, Principal at St. Anthony Catholic School.
Children entered the doors for the first time, little giggles rang through the halls for the first time and the works of many finally flourished.
The foundation for this new school was laid only seven months ago in February of 2009, but almost 10 years ago the eternal foundation to build a school for Christ had been poured into the hearts of many at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish
On August 11th, their prayers, their plans, and their passion become a reality.
, this has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Raised as a "cradle catholic" on the coast of Mississippi, she
attended the St. Thomas Parish
first experienced school as more than getting an education, but as a family, "I remember every single day we were either at church or we were at school.
If we were at school we were there during the day or at night with parents helping do things, or we were at church seeing the same people I went to school with.
I remember it just being a family, a real community."
own family, her
mother taught at St. Thomas and made it clear the importance of church and school.
mother as her
traveled to Jackson to earn her
education degree at Millsaps College
played basketball and met her
husband John who played on the men's team.
They married and would continue down a path of education around the country.
While John attended law school at Wakeforest, Angela
sought to find her
"perfect little kindergarten class;" she
never found that class, but she
did find her
passion for reading.
enrolled into Wakeforest where she
received a reading specialty.
husband expanded his
career they moved to Vermont before returning to Madison.
found herself back in the classroom, but felt something was missing.
"I remember sitting down on the edge of my bed saying, "God
is this what you have in store for me, is this what I'm supposed to be doing with my life?
The very next day I got a call from St. Richard School asking if I would be interested in coming on board as an Assistant Principal.
With God's assignment clear, Angela
went to work.
For the next six years she
assisted in coordinating curriculum and directed multiple projects and workshops, all while the Lord was preparing her
for a test that very few education administers are given; build a school.
After prayerful consideration, this pregnant mother of three agreed to take the challenge and never turned back.
"I am a firm believer that God
brought me to this project.
I have seen so many things that make me believe this is something He
really wanted," shares Angela
Working with contractors, electricians and teachers, each day Angela
kept the faith and her
thoughts on the blessings of this opportunity.
"I think you have to look at new ways of getting their attention," explains Angela
, "Children are up out of their desks, they're moving around, they're actively engaged in their learning.
The teacher is walking around as a facilitator and the children are questioning.
Each morning Angela
will be opening car doors helping little ones get their feet on the ground and walk with faith.
ensures parents their children are coming to a safe, nurturing place and she
realizes this year will be a learning experience for all at St. Anthony
, "We not only want to grow academically, but spiritually as a whole.
We long to educate the whole child and bring God's
love into everything we do."
foundation, Angela Brunini
is building a school, a community, and a family of believers.