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Creative, kind, joyful, honest, hopeful, and wicked-smart are only a few of the adjectives that have been used to describe our next retiree, Nancy McFadden—a teacher who has played a number of roles in her 36 years at McDonogh.
While her resume lists advisor, librarian, team leader, and English-Language Arts instructor, her students see her as an advocate and mentor and her colleagues know her as a stalwart friend, performer, and lover of life.
It’s safe to say that Ms. McFadden knows how to make a lasting impression on her students. She literally grabs their attention by exuberantly becoming the characters with whom she wants them to identify. Some, such as “Madame LaFarge,” with her French accent and flowing apparel, have engaged countless fifth-graders in the art of writing, character development, sentence structure, organizational strategies, and poetry.
Ms. McFadden’s lessons are unforgettable. How many of you can identify a preposition thanks to the song she taught? And who uses her “paper clip strategy” to calm your nerves when speaking?
Her reach goes beyond her classroom. More than 20 years ago, when this perennially-positive teacher was the Middle School librarian, she introduced the Battle of the Books to McDonogh and other independent schools in the area. The reading enrichment program continues to be a staple of our Middle School experience.
A passionate proponent of the Negro League, each year she shares the history of the groundbreaking baseball players with her students. While Major League players report for spring training, Ms. McFadden spends hours collaborating with members of the Negro League to organize a much-anticipated living history event.
Always thinking of others, Ms. McFadden never misses the opportunity to send birthday wishes to Middle School faculty and to acknowledge life’s joys and sorrows by sending cards on behalf of her colleagues.
Thank you, Nancy for your countless contributions to McDonogh, your dedication, and the impact you have had on us all. We know you will have a starring role in your retirement.