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Caroline Murphy

Anne Moen’s influence throughout the school may go unnoticed –– but it’s part of what makes Benilde-St. Margaret’s what it is.

Unsung Hero: Anne Marie Moen

One member of the BSM staff who doesn’t get the full recognition she deserves is Mrs. Anne Marie Moen. Though Moen works in the north building, her influence has been a part of what makes the whole BSM community so special—and she’s been impacting the school for decades. “I love my job and have been here for 25 years,” Moen said.

Although she loves it, her job involves various tedious tasks within BSM. Moen plans events and physically helps to make them a reality. “I work with the maintenance department. I help coordinate the setup and takedown of events between our department, parents, faculty or staff,” Moen said.

However, her work goes beyond galas and fundraisers. “I also work with the student work program,” Moen said. The student work program, also called the work study program, is an initiative for BSM students to help with the daily upkeep of the school in exchange for financial assistance in paying for tuition. Her work as one of the faculty advisors of the program is one of the many things that makes it so successful.

Nonetheless, like any profession, there are some chaotic moments to Moen’s job, but this unsung hero has a hard work ethic. “The only drawback I can think of is when we get more than one event in a week—it can get pretty tiring,” Moen said.

Although the specific tasks of her job keep her on her toes, being able to work in the field of education is not lost on her. “[Working at BSM] keeps me in touch with what goes on in the world. I enjoy being around the students—I think it helps keep me young. I also like having my two grandchildren here,” Moen said.

Moen, a Long Island, New York native and grandmother of ten has passions outside of BSM. “Outside of school, I like spending time with my family, especially the grandchildren. I love decorating and hosting for the holidays,” Moen said.

In addition to time with family, Moen is one of many who loves to get lost in a good book. “I also like reading mysteries—Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark are my favorites,” Moen said.

Clearly, the BSM community wouldn’t be the place that it is without any of our unsung heroes—and Moen is undoubtedly one of many. Such a position requires organization and composure at all times, and Moen does it humbly and with grace. Not only is her job integral to the success of the school, but she embodies the qualities of strength and motivation.

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