St Michael’s vice principal steps down after 35 years

St Michael’s College vice principal Marie McKenna

AFTER three decades in teaching, Marie McKenna is certainly looking forward to her next assignment – retirement and coping with a new four-legged friend! 
The outgoing vice principal of St Michael’s College is stepping down after 35 years, ten of which have been spent as vice principal. Down the years she has taught Geography, Maths and Religious Education. 
Originally from Clogher, Miss McKenna is a former pupil of the Loreto Convent in Omagh but thanks to her chosen career path, she has made Enniskillen her home.  
Speaking to the Herald this week, Miss McKenna said while she is “very sad” to be leaving the school, she will take with her many happy memories. 
“My brothers all went to St Michael’s so there has been a McKenna family connection at the school for the past 48 years. Sadly my nephew, Aidan is also leaving this year to study medicine so that long association is coming to an end. When I first started teaching here one of my brothers was still a student.”
The popular teacher says she will miss the boys of St Michael’s, past and present, most of all. 
“They have been great fun to teach in the classroom and there is a strong work ethic there. The boys were always incredible pupils and it was a pleasure to see how they progressed during their time in school. I would always see such a change from when they first walked through the doors on day one to the last when they had become confident and successful young men. The only trouble is meeting them on the street after they leave school because they all remember me but I don’t always remember their names. I also have great memories of all the staff I’ve worked with down the years and have made some great friends that I will keep in contact with in my new found spare time.”
Away from the classroom, Miss McKenna also played a key role in producing many of St Michael’s most memorable musicals.   
“I loved my time being involved in those musicals and will cherish many happy memories of working with pupils and staff on them,” she added. 
Her next challenge will be Coco, her new Cock-A-Poo who no doubt will certainly keep her on her toes!

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