Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Meet a Reader: Sharon Weiss
I'm delighted to feature this month a longtime friend, Dr. Sharon Weiss. Many thanks, Sharon, for sharing your love of reading here!
How You Know Me: Readers would know me because of my connection to Catholic schools. I am celebrating my 33rd year in Catholic education where I was a French and German teacher at Academy of Our Lady/Spalding Institute. When the schools consolidated in 1989 and became PND, I taught French, German, & Psychology and was a freshman/sophomore counselor. In 2003, I was hired as the Principal at St. Patrick School in Washington. I thoroughly enjoy this leadership role as I am able to maintain focus on faith formation and a strong curriculum for our children and the families we serve.
My parish is St. Patrick Church in Washington, where I have been a member for 2 years. Previouisly, I was a member of St. Peter's Church in Peoria where I worshipped after my reception into the Catholic Faith in 1993 until I became a member of St. Pat's.
My most cherished and primary vocation is mother and grandmother: I have a son, David, and a grandson, Gabriel. They are my joy! I thank God for them each day as they are His love letter to me.
Why I love reading:
I have always loved reading! When I am reading for enjoyment, it expands the imaginative and creative side of me. When I read for professional development, it helps me to stay current on best practices in education in order to ensure academic excellence. When I read for spiritual growth, it reminds me of my vocation and service to Christ and His Church.
What I'm reading now:
I have been reading The Four Teresas by Gina Loehr. The four Teresas-- Therese of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Mother Teresa--are all beautiful examples of women who loved God with their whole hearts, minds and souls. I read little parts of the book when I am in front of the Blessed Sacrament and ask our Lord to teach me how to imitate these holy women in my personal and professional life.
For enjoyment, I just completed The Hunger Games triology! WOW! I found the cultural premise of these books fascinating, and I was amazed at how many of my junior high students have read them! I have enjoyed discussing these books with some of the students.
My favorite book:
My all-time favorite book has been and continues to be Jane Eyre. Its theme of redemptive love is powerful and hopeful.