In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, we are thrilled to spotlight Middle School Religion teacher, Ms. Marion Strishock.
Below she shares about her life before teaching in Catholic schools, her life outside of school, and much more:
I worked as a manager in branch banking for 16 years. I was managing a branch on a college campus and taught the students budgeting and basic money management. The enthusiasm of the students and activity on the campus encouraged me to return to the classroom. I thought I wanted to teach religious education at my parish, but a principal I knew convinced me that I should try teaching in a Catholic School. After a lot of prayer and discernment I left banking and came to Mary of Nazareth School. Sister Frances hired me and I have no regrets about the decision I made.
My favorite memories and event at Mary of Nazareth are of Eucharist Day. The day is centered entirely on the true presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This event is unique to our school. We are truly blessed to have Our Lady’s Chapel in our school. It is one of the reasons I chose to teach at Mary of Nazareth. It is awe inspiring to see 500 students silently and reverently processing behind the Blessed Sacrament. You know the Holy Spirit is at work when a Kindergartner points to the monstrance and says, “There He is! It’s Jesus!”
I enjoy teaching very much. To someone thinking about teaching I would say it is a lot of work but the rewards are great. The energy of the students is contagious and they keep me young at heart. God gives me occasional glimpses of how He has used me to do His work. I sometimes run into graduates when they are in high school or college. They excitedly share their accomplishments with me and their memories of Mary of Nazareth and I know they had a good experience.
Students are surprised when they see me outside of school at the grocery store, movie theatre, or a local restaurant. Many of them think I spend my free time completely in prayer or at Church. While that is a large and important part of my life, I enjoy spending time with my family. I visit my parents often and see or talk to my brothers and sisters frequently. I have 2 nephews, 5 nieces, and 1 grandniece of whom I am very proud. I love to read, and I go on day trips with friends to Annapolis, southern Maryland, museums, and other local activities.
I balance all of this with Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. My day is incomplete until I have received the Eucharist. It is the most important part of each day and I am blessed to be able to attend Mass before going to school each morning. Eucharistic Adoration is the great stress reliever. I enjoy the peace and tranquility of time spent with Our Lord after the spending the day with 168 loud and energetic Middle School students.
Thank you, Ms. Strishock, for your continued dedication to Catholic education!