Profiles in Ministry – Sister Mary Deborah Carlin

Profiles in Ministry – Sister Mary Deborah Carlin

Sr. Mary Deborah Carlin – Primary Aide, Notre Dame Elementary School

Being an avid, lifetime student, I love to help others learn.  After fifty-five years in education, I chose to retire, but I still wanted to be involved with children and learning.  I found the perfect opportunity at Notre Dame Elementary School here in Chardon.  My focus is reading fluency.   I sit with each second grader and listen to him/her read a short story, assessing words per minute, eye movement, pronunciation, and expression.  It is a great help for teachers and I find great joy in seeing each child grow in confidence and skill.  Most say they like to read.  I think there is great mystery in the process.  “Reading will set you free!  It can take you anywhere!” I tell them.  They respond with believing smiles.   Besides this, I do whatever the teachers may need.  I am so grateful to be part of NDES and to know such dedicated and talented educators.  I feel so close to our foundresses, who encountered one child at a time, loved deeply and did what was needed at the moment.