Remaining open to new ideas. Being approachable. Recognizing that nothing was too much to consider or try.
Those are the traits Sister Mary Teresita Gresko, SND, listed in a 2016 essay that she hoped students, educators, and families would remember about her while she was principal of Cardinal Gibbons High School, from 1972 - 1976. The Gibbons school community remembers Sister Teresita, who died June 29, for all those qualities and more.
“Her leadership was a significant part of the foundation for our school's success today,” Principal Jason Curtis said when he learned of Sister Teresita’s passing.
“Her leadership was a significant part of the foundation for our school's success today,” Principal Jason Curtis said when he learned of Sister Teresita’s passing. He also asked the school community to pray with gratitude for her as well as for the Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio, who have ministered at the school for over 40 years and counting.
In that time, 29 SND Sisters have worked at Gibbons as administrators and educators and two still do. They are Sister Mary Jean Korejwo, SND, who works in Gibbons' business office; and Sister Janet Schemmel, SND, who teaches chemistry.
Sister Teresita’s ministry in education as an educator, administrator, and guidance counselor, spanned more than 50 years. In her four-year tenure as principal at Gibbons she touched the lives of many students.
Among them is Mike Kilmartin ’74 (pictured left with Sister Teresita) who recalls the caring environment Sister Teresita helped perpetuate at Gibbons. “Personally,” he said, “she showed me she really cared that I finished my senior year ... and a lifetime relationship was born.”
Indeed, Mike helped start an endowed scholarship to express his gratitude to Sister Teresita, and to honor her work and that of the Sisters of Notre Dame. “Without Sister Teresita’s positive influence on my life,” Mike said, “there would be no high school diploma… no college degree, no long career, and no ability to give back to Gibbons.”
Principal Curtis said the endowed scholarship, known as The Sister Teresita and Sisters of Notre Dame Award, has been given in Sister Teresita’s name for many years in grateful recognition of her dedicated leadership and the dedication of the Sisters of Notre Dame.
In her 2016 essay, Sister Teresita said Gibbons also impacted her. She wrote: “… I was amazed that the school’s motto, All Things are Possible with God, echoed my personal motto for life … Gibbons’ continued growth and success is proof that the motto is true.”
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