Just got this announcement from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers about a ceremony tomorrow to honor Mary Katherine Ladany, a young teacher who managed, in one short year, to do what many teachers never accomplish in far longer careers - win the hearts of all who knew her:
"The faculty, staff, students and alumni of Dobbins High School on Wednesday, October 28, will dedicate a plaque and a scholarship fund in memory of Mary Katherine Ladany, a beloved, 23-year-old mathematics teacher who was killed in August when a tree limb fell on her as she jogged along a wooded trail in Fairmount Park.
"Ms. Ladany had started her teaching career at Dobbins during the previous school year and planned to return to teach at the school this fall.
"The Dobbins Memorial Committee will present Ms. Ladany’s parents, John and Patty Ladany of Montclair, New Jersey, with a faculty photo from the 2008-09 school year, the first and only year their daughter taught at Dobbins.
"A permanent memorial plaque will be unveiled, and a memorial scholarship fund will be dedicated in her name for excellence in mathematics. Performances by the school choir and readings by students are included in the program.
"The memorial service and tribute begins at 9 a.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2009, in the school auditorium, located at 2150 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia."
For more information, please contact the Memorial Committee at Dobbins, 215-227-4421.