Margaret Willis, SCN, recently retired from her ministry at Assumption High School, where she has served since 1996. Sister Margaret also served in education at Bethlehem High School for 27 years as a math teacher and as principal. Here are her some of her words from her retirement announcement.

I started school when I was 6. So my math students out there, I know you are working this in your head trying to figure out how long I’ve been in Catholic schools.

Being a math teacher, you have to solve the math problem for the answer sometime. What is 10X2X3+8 – Got the answer? Shout it out. Yes, 68

That is how long I have been in Catholic schools – 68 years as a student, math teacher, high school principal at Bethlehem high school in Bardstown, math classroom teacher and math lab coordinator. And I have loved going to school almost every day. I always said I was not going to work, but I was going to school! It was fun being in the classroom and teaching.

Even though I am retiring, you are not going to totally get rid of me. I will be around AHS visiting and helping out as I can, stopping into eat lunch with faculty members, attending school’s drama production, admiring student’s art pieces and attending athletic events, helping with the Bloodmobile and anything else I can do for the AHS community.

As a teacher, I have a favorite poem that hangs on my wall in my bedroom. I’d like to share it with you. This poem sums up what that I have tried to live for the past 68 years in education:

One hundred Years

From now,

It will not matter

What kind of

Car I drove,

What kind of house I lived in,

How much money was in my bank account,

nor what my clothes looked like.

What will matter

Is that the world may be a little better

because I was important

in the life of a child


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