Today’s featured alum is Teresita Mercado Feix, SSJ Class of ’89, and current SSJ parent.
“To me, SSJ is synonymous with my childhood, which was filled with many special memories. SSJ is where I learned the values of love, friendship, charity, community and faith. And these values are taught by example every day, through role models like the Loreto Sisters, parish priests, faculty/staff, and the student body. SSJ is where I had amazing teachers, like Sr. Concepta who challenged me to excel in an accelerated math class decades before concepts like gender disparity or STEM became part of the academic vernacular. SSJ also had amazing priests, like Fr. Peter who taught us how to sing in Polish in case we ever met the Pope — and while I did not sing for the Pope, years later I did impress my Polish-born husband with the song. SSJ is also where my amazing principal Sr. Raphael encouraged me to read at Mass, giving me confidence in public speaking and leading me toward my eventual career as an attorney.
I am eternally grateful to my parents for giving me the privilege of being an SSJ student. And now — as a parent of SSJ students myself — I am grateful that my own children have the privilege of attending SSJ. I am so proud of the values that they are developing and excited that they have begun to build their own SSJ memories, including traditions like the Christmas Pageant, Jets & Bombers (Go Bombers!), the St. Patrick’s Day Carnival, and, of course, being lucky enough to have Sr. Raphael as a principal.
So what can I say about my SSJ experience? Two words: THANK YOU!”