“Catholic school for my children has been very important because we want those values we’re teaching at home to be consistent in their education.” — Jennifer Matz
The Matz children, Adali, Oliver, Ava and Gabriel, attend St. John Neumann Regional Academy in Williamsport.
“Our family has had four generations of Catholic school students and the results are extremely good all the way through,” explains their grandfather, Dennis Hamm.
His wife, Connie, agrees: “Catholic education teaches the values that in today’s world are being challenged every day. Because of their Catholic school experience, our daughters were well-educated, received college scholarships and made wise choices in life,” she added.
Their daughter, Jennifer Matz, reflects on her experience as a student at then Bishop Neumann and now as a mother of four children attending St. John Neumann.
“The many activities available to me at Bishop Neumann helped me become confident in my own abilities. My four children are also involved in numerous academic and athletic extracurricular activities and service projects.”
Adali, a high school junior, notes that “small classes allow teachers to take a more individual interest in the students.”
Oliver, a freshman, said he enjoys sharing his school experiences with his siblings and getting to know their friends.
Ava, now in sixth grade, said that she ”really likes math because my teacher is great…and I’m good at it.” Fourth grader Gabriel also enjoys math and said “we do fun activities with math on our SMART board.”
Mrs. Matz concludes: “My children are receiving an education that encourages independent thinking with a moral background.”