Most of you never had a chance to know Kate Truax. At this time of year she is on my mind, and on the minds of those teachers and parents who did know her. As we approach the Lions’ Roar Kate Truax 5K, it feels like she is here with us in many ways. So I thought I would tell you some things about Ms. Truax. She came to us right out of college. She was an art history major, but when I interviewed her, she was absolutely positive that she could teach fifth grade with no problem. I wasn’t so sure, but I loved her willingness to commit herself to something so fully. Father Meyers,who reads young people very well, thought she was perfect for the job, so she was hired. Ms. Truax had a way of knowing which children needed a word of encouragement or a pat on the back. She never missed a chance to make a child feel like he or she could accomplish wonders. Ms. Truax was the glue that held the faculty together for many years - she could manage me and Mr. Long easily, and she loved getting the teachers together for fun. Everyone wanted to be around her, because she was fun and she was kind. Whenever the teachers wanted to do something that required my okay, they would send Ms. Truax because they said she was “Mrs. McGann’s favorite”. If I had favorites, she would have been one.
When Ms. Truax found out she had cancer, she was scared. She was 30 years old. She wanted to keep teaching through the chemotherapy course, so we told her we would hire an aide to help her in the classroom. She interviewed a man and a woman for the job. She hired the man - his name was Mr. Dwyer. Mr. Dwyer had to do very little that year, because Ms. Truax never missed a single day during her chemo. He learned a lot though, because he had the opportunity to observe a “master teacher” all day every day. She was, by the way a “master human being” too.
Ms. Truax kept at least six pairs of shoes under her desk, and she hoarded paper towels and Clorox Wipes in her classroom closet. One day she ran an entire roll of laminating paper out on the floor, when she walked away and left the machine running. Watching her try to drag it across the gym floor to hide 100 yards of plastic in the back room was amusing.
Kate Truax was one-of- a- kind, and we were so lucky to have had this incredible young woman with us for seven years. I hope that long after all of us are gone there will still be a Kate Truax 5K, because she had the heart of a Catholic educator, and we couldn’t help but see the Face of God in her. As parents, teachers and children, we need heroes like Ms. Truax.
Kate Truax’s favorite prayer - Saint Theresa’s Prayer
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing that you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.
Dates to Remember:
22 Stations of the Cross, 1:30pm
23 End of Third Quarter
Mass at noon
26 Spring Uniforms
Principal Search Committee, 6:30pm
28 Report Cards available online
29 Holy Thursday, Dismissal at 12:10pm
Easter Break begins
April 9 SCHOOL RESUMES, 8:00am
10 Enrollment for First Holy Communion, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
11 Faith Knowledge Test, Grades 6, 7, & 8
Search Committee, 6:00pm
HSA Board Meeting, 7:00pm
12 Faith Knowledge Test, Grades 3, 4, & 5
13 Mass at noon
17 Grade 6 Field Trip
18 8th grade Confirmation Retreat, 8:30 - 3:00
California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser - 4pm - 10pm
19 Grade 8 Field Trip
20 Mass at noon
Mrs. McGann, Principal
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