Catholic Schools Week Spotlight: Emily Amberg


St. Mary’s Catholic School in Natchitoches is joining the celebration for National Catholic Schools Week by showcasing what makes education at St. Mary’s outstanding.

Wednesday’s Spotlight features Emily Amberg, a third grade student. Emily is eight-years-old. She is the daughter of Robyn and Landon Amberg.

Her teachers are Laura Friedel and Elizabeth Yopp. Her favorite teacher is Miss Friedel, who Emily has had as a teacher for second and third grade.

“I wish I could have her as my teacher again in fourth grade,” said Emily. “She’s funny and nice and always make her class laugh. She decorates her class fun and it makes us feel like there’s a party in there.”

Haley’s favorite subject is math because all the other subjects are really easy, but she likes the challenge math gives her. She wants to grow up to be a mom with two kids that’s a math teacher.

This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The theme encompasses the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country.

“Not only are we teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples and enriched citizens in our communities, educators are growing with them,” said St. Mary’s Principal Andrea Harrell. “In Catholic schools, we are all learners, servants and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work. They are what make Catholic schools succeed.”

The theme also focuses on key elements of Catholic education: faith development, academic excellence and dedication to service. These elements set Catholic schools apart from other educational options. They are why families make sacrifices to provide their children with Catholic education.

“St. Mary’s is awesome,” said Emily. “It’s the best school I’ve been to. We believe in Jesus and I want everyone to believe in him too.”