This week, we’d like to introduce you to Sister Patricia Dunne. Sister Patricia joined our MSS family in the Learning Center around Christmastime.
Sister Patricia is a Chicago native, so she’s no stranger to the snow. As a Daughter of Charity, she has served missions in Chicago, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, and now here. She attended Marillac College in St. Louis, MO, where she earned a degree in Math with a minor in Education. She went on to receive her Masters in Social Work through Loyola University in Chicago.
She loves working with children because they “live in the present moment, they are quick to love and forgive, and quick to forget after they forgive.”
When she isn’t at the Learning Center sharing her gifts with the students, she likes to study genealogy, read, travel, walk, and be with friends.
Welcome to the MSS Family, Sister Patricia!
This week, we’d like to introduce you to Willie Riley. Willie has been with us as evening housekeeper for a couple of years and recently took over as day housekeeper when Mrs. Little retired in December.
Willie is originally from Medina, NY. He moved to the area in 1999 when he was looking for a comfortable place to live.
Before coming to MSS, Willie worked at Gettysburg College for six years. He has two daughters. What he loves best about his job is being able to create a clean environment for the children, and he works hard at doing a great job at that!
In his spare time, Willie likes to ride bikes. And don’t be surprised if you see him on a unicycle….it’s one of his hidden talents!
Welcome to the MSS Family, Willie!
The impending blizzard couldn’t stop the March for Life, and it didn’t keep Amanda Calis and Lizbeth Bull from being a part of it. Amanda (MSS Aftercare Coordinator) and Liz (MSS Teacher Assistant) braved the elements to stand up for life because it’s more than a cause for them.
“I’ve been going to the march for life since I was young, more than 15 years. It never ceases to amaze me the number of people and the energy and the love they have. It is a true witness of the hope we still have in this country. We are fighting for lives for both the babies and their mothers. It is encouraging to be amongst so many fighting for the truth.” —Amanda
“I think it was amazing to see thousands of people in the snow, supporting the same cause. The weather didn’t phase anyone…it was the least we could do for the lost lives of the unborn. It meant more to me this year since I am bearing a child, I just couldn’t imagine…” –Liz
Have you ever attended the March for Life? Please share your photos and testimonies on our Facebook page!
Kellie Marr joined us this past fall, taking over Mrs. Nell’s 5th-grade class. Mrs. Marr is originally from Virginia and Maryland, and currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty years, daughter Victoria, and son Craigliam. Rounding out her family are Ike and Gracie, beloved feline and canine (respectively).
Mrs. Marr followed in her father’s footsteps as an educator, and received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Towson University, following it up with a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership. She’s previously worked at Carroll County Public Schools as a Special Education teacher and at Woodmont Academy as a first-grade teacher. She loves working with children because she’s a “people person” and enjoys “making learning fun”.
When she isn’t broadening young minds, she likes to cook, travel, golf, ski, and attend football games. Welcome, Mrs. Marr!
Our new Kindergarten teacher is a Baltimore native
who earned her BS in Elementary Education at Eastern Michigan University. This is her first year of teaching and she’s excited to be here! She loves the children’s creativity, imagination, and energy, and enjoys the challenge in reaching them. She lives in Carroll Valley with her Golden Retriever Tasker. When she’s not being entertained by the Kindergarteners, she likes to make jewelry, cook, read, and write.
We’re welcoming back another face that might be familiar to many! Our new middle-school language arts and 7th-grade religion teacher, a Maryland native, has a BA in Education from the College of Notre Dame of MD and an MS in Educational Counseling from McDaniel College. She loves teaching because it gives her the opportunity to be creative and inspire students, and to witness her students’ growth. Married to Brian for the past ten years, she has a son (Ben) and daughter (Cassie) at home, along with cats, Bean and Autumn, and dog, Olive. She’s a bit of a renaissance woman, enjoying creative pursuits like reading, writing, and painting, as well as playing tennis.
Our new P.E. teacher was born in Ohio and moved to Baltimore when she was three-years-old. She now lives in her dream home, an old stone house in Cascade, with her husband, 2 children (Travis, MSS ’11, a Freshman at Shephard, and Nora, MSS ’13, who is starting her sophomore year ), 6 chickens, 2 hamsters, and a cat. She loves working with children because they have an openness that adults grow out of. Rhona has a passion for fitness and health, and is a certified personal trainer. When she is not at MSS teaching the students to be healthy, you can find her at Ft. Richie Community Center, where she’s been a personal trainer and fitness instructor for the past 12 years. Rhona is always up for a good challenge. She loves to bike ride and kayak, as well as sing and dance.