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Celebrating Kitty Gallagher's 27 Years of Service
In celebration of 27 years of service, we would like to reflect on what we all love about Mrs. Kitty Gallagher. She is retiring this year but she will always be a part of SJA. Mrs. Amy Switlick, her kindergarten teaching partner, reflects on her partnership and friendship with Kitty.....
I remember the first time I met Mrs. Gallagher like it was yesterday, but it wasn’t yesterday. It was August of 2004. I had just been hired at St. Joan of Arc to teach Kindergarten, and we were both at school to get our rooms ready for the school year. Within minutes Mrs. Gallagher realized she knew my husband and told me she was heading to her lake cottage for the weekend. This memory makes me chuckle now because over the years I have come to realize that Mrs. Gallagher has a connection with so many people in the Toledo area. I don’t think she forgets a name or a face of anyone she meets, but I wonder if she realizes that very few forget her name or her face.
If you have had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Gallagher, you know what I am talking about. She has a way of really connecting with people. She wants to know your story because she truly cares about everyone she meets. She will listen to every problem you have and offer her motherly advice even though she is not your mother. When you are finished speaking with her, you feel better. You know that everything will be okay because she is going to see you though it the whole way.
I have had the opportunity to teach alongside Mrs. Gallagher for the past thirteen years. Her caring nature has naturally made her a wonderful teacher. Each student she has come in contact with has felt her warm hugs and heard her kind words. They earned a place in her heart by simply walking into her classroom on the first day of school. She treated each of them with respect and love. She has been such a wonderful example of God’s love for her students. She often says she tries to do one kind deed a day. I doubt she has ever missed a day.
Her philosophy of teaching has always been, “let’s make it fun”. I have many stories of bags of glitter, her tossing the football around with the boys at recess, and many, many Dum Dum suckers. She always wanted each day to be fun for her students.
I am going to miss my partner, Mrs. Gallagher, so much. I know that she will have wonderful, long weekends at her lake cottage and trips to warmer places when the lake is frozen, so I am so happy for her retirement. I am going to try to remember all that she taught me by her example every day. Will I ever forget her? Impossible. She will forever have a place in my heart. As I am sure she does, in all the hearts, of all her students.
Mrs. Amy Switlick