Theology Alumna Reflects on Scranton Education

Kelly Dillon ’16 G’18 gained experience and knowledge in the University of Scranton Theology program that proves irreplaceable in her career as a teacher. Learn more about Kelly below!

 

“I did my undergrad work at Scranton in the theology department, and it just felt natural to stay with those people who I’d come to get very close with. Since I knew the department very well, I knew exactly who to go to for help in specific areas (Biblical analysis, Catholic social thought, morality, etc). That knowledge allowed me to become confident and to grow so much more than I expected. I was able to go and take a class in Jerusalem over intersession to study Christianity in its place of origin as well as to see the true conflict that’s happening now.

When I interviewed at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, NJ, they were all very impressed that someone so young had so much knowledge and confidence. They were blown away by all that I’d done at Scranton and the practical experience I got there. I was able to share what I learned in Jerusalem and show the practical skills I had learned from my time shadowing one of my professors.

I teach Church History, Catholic Morality, and Introduction to Theology at Seton Hall Prep. I feel incredibly well equipped to teach all of these courses thanks to my experience at Scranton. I’m also heavily involved in Campus Ministry, and my Jesuit upbringing has allowed me to join retreats like Kairos and activities like our annual Hunger Summit with humility and enthusiasm. Our campus ministers have been eager to adopt me as an apprentice because they see the value of my Jesuit education and the time I spent in an environment that teaches how to be men and women for others.

I speak often of my time at Scranton, and my students often ask about my classes and professors because they can see how I light up when I talk about my time there.”

Fun Fact about Seton Hall Prep: Besides Kelly, four other Scranton alumni work there: Anthony Cannella ’04 is the Director of Learning Assistance, Dave Snyder ’94 is the Director of Educational Technology, John Henrikson ’98 teaches AP Biology and AP Environmental, and PJ Candido ’15 is in Alumni Relations.

To learn more about the Theology program at the University of Scranton, click here.