Father Gabriel Richard High School teachers are dedicated and caring, and bring unique approaches and techniques to their classrooms. They all share the common mission to help form the next generation of Disciples of Christ and prepare our students for their futures. Faculty Spotlights are an opportunity to learn a bit more about our outstanding faculty. This is the first spotlight in the series.

Mary Lawrence

Education: Madonna University, B.A. in English, Journalism, and Education

Christendom College, Masters in Theological Studies (in progress)

Teaches: AP Language and Composition, Shakespeare, and Literature IV

Ms. Mary Lawrence graduated from FGR in 2012, but she’s been teaching here for six years and coached cheerleading for two years when she was in college, so “in many ways, it feels as though I never left,” she says. She has a family legacy at the school, as her older sisters also attended and her dad taught and coached here. “Working at FGR feels like working with family… I just love this school.”

Experiences with two of her FGR teachers inspired Ms. Lawrence to study English in college. Studying and writing about Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” in Mr. Stout’s AP Literature course made her realize, “I loved that there was always more to consider when reading the works of great writers.” And Ms. K-M’s Shakespeare class taught Ms. Lawrence “how to truly delight in the written word. Shakespeare has an incredible mastery of the English language which continues to leave me in awe of his works.”

Ms. Lawrence brings her passion for literature into the classroom, where she helps students engage with the written word and grow in appreciation for it. Her favorite classroom moments happen when students get invested in the discussion. “One time last year, I was teaching Romeo and Juliet, and we were having a conversation about what whether or not Romeo and Juliet truly loved each other, if we accept Aquinas’ definition that to love is to will the good of the other. So many students were interested in the discussion that they stayed and continued it through the lunch period!”

Day in and day out, comradery among the faculty and staff at FGR helps Ms. Lawrence enjoy her work. “Our Literature department is full of people who love God, love the Truth, and love their students, and that is inspiring to see.”