Memorial ScholarshipScholarship Recipients

On to the Classroom: Mary Leahy

Danvers, MA

Wagner College

High School:
Danvers High School

Childhood General and Special Education, Psychology

Summa Cum Laude

Post-Grad Plans:
Mary is a fourth grade special education teacher at the Burke School in Peabody, Massachusetts and plans to begin applying for graduate school this winter. She plans to focus on being a successful and positive teacher with a goal of making a lasting impression on her students. While planning her class for the year, Mary has made a tremendous effort to incorporate Colleen’s legacy of positivity and kindness into her classroom.

Colleen’s Impact:
“I feel honored to be able to carry on Ms. Ritzer’s legacy as a teacher. Throughout college, I have always had Ms. Ritzer on my mind to ensure that I am becoming the best teacher that I can be, and making sure I find the good in every day.”

Note to Donors:
“I just want to thank all of the supporters of the scholarship fund for not just honoring Ms. Ritzer, but providing me and my fellow aspiring teachers the opportunity to become caring, passionate teachers, just like Ms. Ritzer. The scholarship has gone a long way in helping me fund my education, and I look forward to using what I have learned, to give back to my future students and community.”

Advice to Students Considering a Career in Education:
“Follow your heart. Teaching in my mind is a calling. It is something that we educators are born to do. If you have ever had a thought that you were made to help others than you most likely were born to be a teacher. I know for me, my lifelong dream has come true and I cannot wait to start this chapter of my life.”