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John Paul II Teacher Retires after 40-year Commitment to Learning Center

By John Paul II Center for Special Learning

Jun 03, 2022

SHILLINGTON – John Paul II Center for Special Learning (JPII) is honoring Mrs. Mary Maher, Special Education Teacher as she prepares to retire after a 40-year career with the school. She has been with JPII since it first opened its doors in September 1982.

Mary Maher’s faith is what guided her from the moment that she first saw in her church bulletin that a group of parents wanted to start a special learning center. “It’s almost like from the beginning that the Holy Spirit was guiding my steps.  During my initial interview, Sister Francis Bisland (one of the founders of John Paul II Center) even said that the Holy Spirit was guiding me to work at John Paul II Center. Many times, your faith takes you on a path that may not be what you expected in life, so it’s important to have an open mind and open heart. It’s so gratifying and heartwarming to know that this is exactly where I am supposed to be,” Mrs. Maher said.

Principal Mary Adams added “JPII has been very fortunate to have Mary teach since the inception of the school. For 40 years she has been a pillar of our school community. Her dedication to our mission is unwavering and will be greatly missed. She has impacted many lives in many ways over the years. We wish her many blessings as she moves into retirement and on to her next venture in life.”

About John Paul II Center for Special Learning:

Everyone has a purpose in life. As a values-based organization, John Paul II Center for Special Learning encourages children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to explore their purpose and reach for goals through unique special education and social programming.

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