“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”- Ecclesiastes 3:1
On Oct. 16, 1987, I walked up the steps of St. Mary’s Academy for my first day of work. Nearly 32 years later—on January 18, 2019—I will walk down those same steps toward my next chapter: retirement.
It has been a privilege to serve in the classroom for 16 years and an almost equal number of years as assistant principal at St. Mary’s. I thought this little article would be easy to write, but it isn’t.
What takes place within these walls on 5th Avenue is a story of transformation—not just for the students, but for all of us who participate in educating. It is has been a grace to serve and to be a part of the journey that begins with the application of an anticipative eighth grader, proceeds to the joyful reading of her name at graduation and culminates in celebrating her story as an alum. These stories continue to amaze, inspire and bring hope.
– Alena Kelly, assistant principal
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. -Ecclesiastes 3 9-14: