Mrs. Cornell has loved every second of her seven years at Sacred Heart! She taught here for six years some time ago and is now in the middle of her first year back with us. Last summer, when Mrs. Cornell accepted the position of Middle School Campus Minister and Leader of the Social Justice and Service Program, she was excited about the opportunity to teach at Sacred Heart again. She also knew how attending Sacred Heart can transform its students’ lives and she wanted her daughters, Annie and Grace, to have that Sacred Heart experience.
Mrs. Cornell has a very important job. She plans chapels, retreats and liturgies, takes care of the chapel and organizes activities that help the poor and others in need. Mrs. Cornell also teaches students how to be altar servers. She always wanted to be an altar server herself, but girls were not allowed to do this when she was growing up, so she never had the chance. Mrs. Cornell enjoys all the traditions at Sacred Heart. Her favorite is celebrating Mater’s feast day. She was surprised and delighted to get pink doughnuts on this special day!
Mrs. Cornell went to the University of Connecticut and then got her master’s degree in education at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. Her first teaching job was at the University of Connecticut. The priest there asked her if she would take over one of his classes, which she did. After that she decided she wanted to become a theology teacher. Mrs. Cornell’s favorite thing about being a theology teacher is telling students how much God loves them. She knows that children are comforted by the fact that they are loved by God, no matter what. Mrs. Cornell wants to give people hope and teach them that their lives have meaning and purpose. She believes having faith helps people to get through tough times.
Mrs. Cornell said she does not have a preference for any particular liturgy. She enjoys them all. She does have a favorite scripture verse which she has framed and displayed in her office. It says, “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Mrs. Cornell commented that sometimes when we encounter things in life we become hopeless and this verse is a reminder that God is always helping and is always there for us even when we question His presence.
We are very happy that Mrs. Cornell has come back to teach at Sacred Heart.