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Q & A with Middle States Commissioner Sr. Anita Gallagher, IHM, Assistant Superintendent in the Office of Education for the Diocese of Allentown
May 24, 2017
Q. How did you decide to become an educator?

A. When I was little my friends and I would spend hours playing school. We’d take turns playing the teacher, and I loved it. I was always fascinated by teachers and liked observing how they taught and got kids to learn. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are teachers so when I joined them it was a good fit.

Q. When did you decide to become a Sister?

A. I was in high school at Little Flower in Philadelphia. We had Eucharistic Adoration on Thursdays, and I would go in the church and just spend a little time during lunch or after school. It was then that I found my calling. A priest told me once that the Lord got to my heart before somebody else did.

Q. How do you think schools and school systems – particularly Catholic schools – can benefit from Middle States accreditation?

A. Middle States helps all schools be the best they can be. They respect the uniqueness of each school and their standards align with the standards established by the National Catholic Education Association. There are so many schools out there today, it’s important that parents, students and teachers know that their school passes certain standards.

Q. Who was your favorite teacher in school, and why?

A. I had a couple favorites, but Sr. Collette in 8th grade really stands out. She made learning so much fun. She showed such love and respect for all the students that we just wanted to learn.

Q. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A. I like being in nature, walking on the beach, being with friends and family. I enjoy reading and going to the movies.

Q. Do you have a favorite movie?

A. This year I thought Hidden Figures was the best.

Q. What’s one thing that people might be surprised to learn about you?

A. My immediate family was small, but I have nearly 100 cousins, and about 75 of them are in Ireland.
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