S. Miriam Steps Down: S. Mary Ann New Child Study Chair

Miriam Honora Corr ’51, C.S.J., Ed.D., stepped down as chair of the Department of Child Study in May.

During her tenure, which began in 1997, she was an integral part in furthering the department’s prominence in the New York Metropolitan area. S. Mary Ann Cashin, C.S.J., a highly-respected full-time faculty member since 2000, replaces S. Miriam.

The faculty appointed the new chair and S. Mary Ann received overwhelming support from her colleagues, said S. Miriam.

S. Mary Ann was appreciative and looks forward to the challenge of leading the College’s hallmark department in the coming years.

“Being a Sister of St. Joseph, there is a central pull in my life toward developing relationships,” she said. “That energy has enabled me to develop relationships with the faculty with whom I will be working. I value the goodness of people and their expertise and see myself trying to unify the effort among us.”

That effort is the cumulative process of each department member working together to create the best learning environment possible for the College’s students. “One of the phrases that we say to our students is first be, then teach,” said S. Mary Ann. “It’s exciting to think that I could be part of the mission in advancing that.”

Partnerships with area school districts and staying on top of changes in technology are two areas that the department will need to remain cognizant of, said S. Miriam.

“Society is changing... different kinds of things are happening,” S. Miriam said. “Every child is supposed to be educated to the fullest extent of its potential. “New strategies need to be developed. That’s something that I feel younger people now will be able to do.”

From the Fall 2009 SJC Magazine

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