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Mrs. Soto is excited to bring her years of ministerial experience leading the young church to her new position as the 5th-8th grade religion teacher. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Theology from Loyola Marymount University, Mrs. Soto spent a year serving as an au pair for a family in Cologne, Germany. She has since worked as the Associate Director of Youth and Family Ministry for a parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. This May, Mrs. Soto will receive her Masters in Pastoral Theology from LMU. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors, reading non-fiction novels, and cooking for her friends and family. 
 
Middle school religion courses will stress the importance of recognizing how faith is meant to be lived. NDA lives by a mission of not only forming young scholars, but one that fosters a community where being a saint is celebrated; therefore, the concepts studied in class will continually be reflected upon in light of everyday experiences. Inspired by early Christian communities, the classroom will become a place of learning, prayer, and mutual sharing of understanding and inquiry. In 5th grade, students will come to understand the importance of worshiping God in community. The 6th graders will be encouraged to respond to God's call to enter into loving relationship with Him and with the Church. In 7th grade, a deeper exploration of the meaning of faith and life will be made manifest in the person of Christ, His words, and His example.