When I was a young girl, my favorite book was “Little Women”, a story about four sisters growing up poor in New England around the time of the Civil War. They were encouraged by their mother to be independent, resilient and career-minded. Back then I never realized that Louisa May Alcott was so far ahead of her time or how relevant her story would be in 2014.
Cut to Clark, New Jersey, present day. The message of “Little Women” still resonates today in the person of Sr. Regina Martin, principal of Mother Seton Regional High School. Yes, that’s right, a nun and her staff who encourage girls to come out from behind, to be independent and to reach for the stars, just like the March sisters were taught back in 1886.
Only the second principal in fifty years to lead this elite school, Sr. Regina has dedicated her life to her school and to the girls who attend there. A quiet voice for female strength, she preaches respect for others, service to others and faith in others. Her students value learning and because they aren’t afraid to solve problems and to tackle tough courses, she knows they will be ready for college and for life.
Now I’m no wizard, but I do know you can’t be celebrating fifty years of success at anything without producing an excellent product. On second thought, maybe they ought to consider renaming the school, “Wonder Woman High”.
Louisa May Alcott would be proud.
Editor’s note: Sr. Regina Martin passed away in her sleep after a Christmas Eve Mass. She was 74.
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