Meghan Maria Teresa Schofield
Middle School Theology of the Body author
You could guess by her name, that Meghan was raised in a strong Catholic household. And you would be right. One of five children growing up in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, Meghan credits her parents and siblings with giving her a deep sense of the Faith and the importance of family life. From those nurturing roots, she graduated from Ave Maria University with a major in Theology and a minor in Literature. Her theological formation continued at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute (Washington, DC) culminating in a Master’s degree in Theological Studies in Biotechnology and Ethics.
Since 2009, Meghan has been working for The Language & Catechetical Institute in Gaming, Austria. She serves as their Co-Director of Formation, and instructor in Theology, Catechetics, and English as a Second language. The LCI is a mission program for the New Evangelization in Europe, where students from Eastern Europe and Asia spend one year immersed in Catholic community and studies in theology and English. Since 2012, Meghan has also taught for Franciscan University of Steubenville at their study-abroad campus in Austria (Christian Moral Principals and Christian Marriage).
She is now immersed in writing the Grade 6-8 material for ROOTED: Theology of the Body K-12 Curriculum. And as if that is not challenging enough, will be returning to the John Paul II Institute in the fall to pursue her doctorate.
“In my experience as an ESL instructor, I have come across the very effective learning approach called “Total Physical Response” — or TPR. Pioneered by Dr. James Asher, it’s based on the fact that the activation of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic senses is the most effective way to learn a language. Basically, the more that your body is involved in the process of learning — the more effective it is and the longer you will remember it.
This is not unlike an important point that St. John Paul II makes about the body. The body is fully personal, not simply exterior material “stuff” that is distant from the “real me” inside (TOB 14:4). In other words, the body is part of who I am, and the more of “me” that is involved in learning, the more effective the learning process. I’m working with this to bring Theology of the Body alive for grades 6-8 — so that through the very teaching style (form) itself, St. John Paul II’s message (content) of the dignity of the human body can be reinforced and illuminated.”
With a rich palette of interests – organic farming, distance running, horse training and coaching figure skating, Meghan is a passionate teacher. She thoroughly enjoys the challenges and opportunities that come with being a teacher, and working with students form many parts of the world, journeying with them to a deeper understanding of the Truth.