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RE/MAX Las Colinas Sales Associate Reev Rohter, Community Leader
Reev Rohter, a Sales Associate with RE/MAX Las Colinas, uses his talent in selling real estate in North Irving. He has been with RE/MAX Las Colinas for 4 years. He definitely loves what he does and it shows. Reev is all over Irving knocking on doors of “For Sale by Owners” asking, “When can I put my sign in your yard?” What makes him so special? He puts his customers first, just simply representing them the best way possible. He works with them and their needs, and makes the very difficult and stressful job of selling a home run smoothly and efficiently. You can reach him through his website at www.ReevRohter.com
Reev Rohter and his wife recently co-founded a new school in Irving. The school, Faustina Academy, opened August, 2003, with 40 students. It offers a challenging curriculum emphasizing a strong spiritual and moral character with the goal to produce leaders rather than followers. Its small classes, structured and disciplined atmosphere, and passionate teachers seem to be exactly what parents are looking for. The Academy is now enrolling for students Pre-K through Eighth grades. You can look them up on their website: www.faustinaacademy.com
Article By MICHAEL GRABELL / The Dallas Morning News / Sunday, October 5, 2003
IRVING’S NEW CHRISTIAN ACADEMY HOPING TO GROW
The first hint that Irving’s new Christian academy isn’t your ordinary school is that it’s not named after Mary, Paul or Peter, but Faustina Kowalska.
There are also the classrooms of plaid-clad students that stand up in unison and greet their principal with a singsong, “Good af-ter-noon, Miss Zei-ler,” whenever she enters the room.
And, there’s the fact that Christina Zeiler and her three friends who started the school are all in their early 30s.
Faustina Academy is a small, private school that opened in August in Irving’s hospital district. The prekindergarten through eighth grade school aims to teach students spirituality and discipline with a foundation on classical texts and religious faith.
The school’s 40 students learn Latin, meet daily to recite “The Chaplet of Divine Mercy” and vacuum and mop the floors at the end of every day.
“Three or four Catholic families wanted to have a curriculum that was challenging and an atmosphere that was spiritual,” said Ms. Zeiler, 34. “With today’s society, with the TV shows and movies and the music … it teaches a way of life that is contrary to our faith.”
The idea for the school was something of a family affair, which all started with Ms. Zeiler’s twin sister’s father-in-law, who had helped start similar schools in California.
Ms. Zeiler’s brother-in-law, Reev Rohter, was not satisfied with the private school his daughter was in. So he decided to start one of his own, modeled after his father’s schools.
“I didn’t reinvent any wheels here,” said Mr. Rohter, 32. “I had been around these schools … and I’ve just been very impressed. I saw that model, and I wanted that in Irving.”
In March, he called some friends. Most were either home-schooling their children or unhappy with their private schools. They agreed to help. Friends and relatives and friends of friends donated most of the equipment to get started. They leased space in a mostly empty education building on the grounds of St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church on West Grauwyler Road.
They bought old chairs and desks from the Irving school district and got free books from the Irving Public Library.
The name? That was Ms. Zeiler’s idea.
Faustina Kowalska was a Polish nun in the years before World War II and was made a saint in 2000. The Feast of St. Faustina is Sunday.
Born in 1905 to farmers, Faustina lived a troubled life ? schooled only three years, frequently sick and rejected by several religious orders. She died of tuberculosis at 33.
But she is said to have experienced numerous revelations of Jesus, Mary and saints, including one in 1930s when Jesus is said to have asked her to spread a message of mercy throughout the world.
“She stayed strong even though she was the only one standing,” Ms. Zeiler said. “She never gave up, and she continued forward. I kind of admire her life. I said if I ever started a school, the name would be associated with her.”
Ms. Zeiler graduated from the University of Dallas in 1993 and taught at The Highlands School in Irving for four years before becoming dean of girls. She received her master’s degree from Franciscan University in Ohio and was an administrator at several schools, including St. Therese Academy in Irving.
Other teachers include University of Dallas graduate students, students’ parents and Ms. Zeiler’s two sisters. Denise Rohter teaches phonics, and Helene Zeiler teaches art, drama and speech.
The academy hopes to start a high school next year with the goal of eventually having 150 students in all grades.
On Friday afternoon, Christina Zeiler rang a hand bell through the hallways. The students grabbed plastic rosaries and lined up in front of a poster of the Divine Mercy image.
They recited the prayer and grabbed their schoolbags, the end of another week.
For more information on Faustina Academy, visit www.FaustinaAcademy.com or call 972-254-6726.