Posted on April 8, 2014 · Posted in Academic News, Blog, Question and Answer

Why did you choose to work at St. Laurence?

I don’t think I chose St. Laurence, I think St. Laurence chose me.  At the time I applied to work at STL, I was struggling with frustration at my current position and dealing with the devastation that my mom was diagnosed with brain/lung cancer at the age of 62.  Thinking a new position at a new school would brighten my days, I accepted the STL position.  Smartest move ever! From there my life has taken on many wonderful changes and they all stem from my renewed spirituality I received when I started at St. Laurence.  Since I have been at STL I have once again gone back to the church, and my youngest son, who spends a lot of time at St. Laurence asked to leave his public elementary school and attend a parochial school.  I have no doubt spending so much time at STL led to that request.  So in essence, I truly feel a higher calling led me to St. Laurence, and my family and myself have benefitted in ways that I can never put into words.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”

– Erma Bombeck

Being a mother is one of the sweetest, most challenging, and biggest accomplishments of my life.  I have 3 wonderful sons and 2 beautiful daughter-in-laws and if you ask any of them, they will all say I like to put my two-cents in whenever the opportunity rises.  And most of the time they actually listen and follow my advice, so that is quite gratifying.

What do you most like to do in your time off?

I like to do many things in my spare time.  The first would be spending time with my family.  Now to me family isn’t just the people you share DNA with, but it is also the people who love and support you in the bad times and laugh and play with you in the good times.  And luckily for me I have many family members in my life I enjoy being around.

I also like to read and learn about new concepts in education.  Currently, I am working on my Special Education Certificate at Aurora University.  I was recently diagnosed with diabetes, so I have been spending some free time researching and (trying) to live a healthier lifestyle.  I have joined a running club, albeit I am still at the walking stage, but I am working my way up to the running part.  So I keep myself busy.  I also have a son who is in grade school still and he belongs to many sports teams, so I spend many weekends on the football field, the basketball court and the lacrosse fields.  Wow! I just got tired reading all I do in my spare time…..I think it is time for my favorite pastime, taking a nap!