Welcome to 5KD!

Mr. Kevin Desaulniers
Presentation of Mary Academy
Grade 5


 

 

      

     






 My name is Kevin Desaulniers. I am a 5th-grade teacher at Presentation of Mary Academy.  I began my teaching journey as a junior in high school (Nashua High School), and then continued on to graduate from Plymouth State College in 1995 with B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Elementary School Science.  After college, I taught kindergarten for 2 years in Nashua, then continued teach hear at PMA.  I have been at PMA for 20 years, having taught 1st, 2nd, 4th grade along the way.  I thoroughly enjoy working with children and helping them reach for their dreams.  I believe every child should be valued and treated with respect.  I also believe that education should empower children and help them make positive contributions to our world, especially those who are poor and disadvantaged. 

My beautiful bride, Mrs. D, is also an educator.   She teaches Spanish at Pennichuck Middle School in Nashua, NH, and also teaches Spanish at Manchester Community College to college students in the fall and spring semesters.

My wife and I have have a wonderful family consisting of a 4-legged friend (Fiddler {his brother was with us until he passed away in April 2018}), as well as many sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews.  

Derry, New Hampshire has been our home town  for the past 7 years. I enjoy being outdoors.  During the summer I spend my free-time gardening, hiking, camping, trail riding, fishing, and working out in my yard.  In the winter, I love to cook, read, and make my own maple syrup with the three sugar maples in my front yard!  

I look forward to getting to know all of you this school year!

My Philosophy of Catholic Education

By: Kevin Desaulniers

 

I believe that each child is unique and exceptional, created by the one true God, chosen by Him for a unique purpose, and made in his image. I further believe that every child brings with them their own set of unique gifts, talents, and personality traits. Keeping these beliefs in mind I use what I believe is a unique set of talents, life experiences, and lifelong learning strategies to be the best educator I can be.  Anne Marie Rivier, the foundress of Presentation of Mary Academy, calls us “To spread the fire of God’s love and the knowledge of Jesus Christ everywhere”, and that statement is at the heart of my vocation.  This charge not only applies to my immediate school community, but also to the rest of the world delivered by what I say and what I do each day.  God’s love is at the heart of this work, and I believe it is my responsibility to teach students how to love one another in their school community in the same way that Jesus Christ showed his love to everyone, and by instilling our Catholic values while setting a high moral and ethical example always.  I try to do this by: utilizing the Ten Commandment and The Beatitudes as an example, as well as seeing Jesus Christ as a perfect role model through it all.

Being a Catholic Educator means that I get to see God’s amazing and unique creations grow and learn every day, while being given the opportunity to do what I believe that Jesus Christ himself would do in a real, tangible, and effective way throughout my interactions with others.  These interactions somehow fire my soul and drive me forward each day carrying on the mission of Jesus Christ.  Through daily prayer with my students, weekly Eucharistic Adoration at school, participation at regular Masses with our families and school community, and seasonal opportunities right here at Presentation of Mary Academy for Reconciliation, our relationship with Jesus Christ grows stronger and stronger.  It is through these opportunities that I try to “enlighten hearts and minds” of my students as our school’s motto states and helps them journey and reach out of their school community and extend those loving hearts and minds to others in our world.

I believe it is my duty to permeate my Catholic faith through various academic instructions and interactions with students, families, and staff members at home and my local parish.  Saint John Paul II said, “The future starts today, not tomorrow”, and I believe it is in the little things that we that we do today that demonstrate our faith the most for now and tomorrow, as well: a smile, a hug or an encouraging word to someone who is struggling.  Whether it be my involvement with the Knights of Columbus in various works for service and charity, being present and welcoming at religious education classes that I have taught to various grades for many years at various parishes I have belonged to, serving as lecture for Mass, organizing our school’s Lenten “Penny Challenge” which provided financial relief to various charitable organizations for so many, I firmly believe that my faith is demonstrated through how I deal with others, those I know and, more importantly, those I do not know.  For St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”  I try to model my faith by being compassionate, kind, respectful, giving, and tender when needed the most: when others are hurting.   It is in those very precious moments that matter the most… when I look into the eyes of a child that is hurting or experiencing fear, anxiety, worry, sadness, anger, or frustration that I look to Christ’s example in the Gospels.  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” is stated in the Beatitudes.  It is my call to be the comfort, to be one of many that see that child and a precious gift from God, and to help in whatever capacity I can.

 

One of my roles as a Catholic educator is to infuse my Catholic faith into my classroom interactions, share my own personal faith journey, and provide a conduit to others into the teachings of Jesus Christ through my words and actions.  By viewing Jesus Christ as a teacher and using him as our best example of living, we can create a safe and caring environment for our students to learn in.  Pope Francis challenges us to provide an education “which teaches critical thinking and encourages the development of mature moral values”.  What better place to learn those moral values than at a Catholic school?  A place where the love of Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is alive and present every day.  Some of the most poignant and powerful encounters with God come in the form of meditative reflection.  I try to bring music into prayer as often as possible.  I try to integrate secular and religious music that stirs the mind, touches the hear, and moves the soul.  Music from Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and many more can be a wonderful source of love in our world.  It was Saint Teresa of Calcutta that said, “It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”  She goes on to say, “Peace begins with a smile.”  For it does. It begins with a smile and grows and develops over time, with lots of practice, as well as the presence of who Lev Vygotsky calls “more knowledgeable others” to guide our most precious children though their zone of proximal development with love, care, and the utmost compassion imaginable, that of Jesus Christ himself acting in and through me in what my vocation calls me to be, a Catholic school educator.