Knight Errant: What drew you towards BSM and kept you here?
Mary Glover: [I like how] there’s a strong sense of community [at BSM]. Another thing that drew me when I was first coming here was the collegiate attitude of the math department. At public high schools, you have to start with lower level classes and work your way up to the higher level math classes. At BSM, I taught some students who needed extra help and some students who were honors students, so I had a mixture of students throughout my day. This gives a teacher a better sense of what they can expect of any student when that teacher works with kids of a lot of different abilities.
KE: Could you share a favorite memory or two of your time at BSM?
MG: That’s a tough question. I think I have always enjoyed the preparation for finals days, like when we used to do hot chocolate and cram, Kool Aid and cram, or whatever, and students came in on an individual basis asking for help. I always enjoyed graduation day; it’s a great time to see seniors finally feeling like they completed their time, and they’re excited to go forward. It’s kind of emotional because you know you’ll miss them, and you’re also excited for them to go forward and do the things they do.
KE: What will you do after retiring?
MG: I tell everybody I’m going to sleep for the first six months, but the truth is that I’m really looking forward to spending time with my extended family. I have six children, and among them, I now have six grandchildren with numbers seven and eight on the way, so there will be eight grandchildren for me to take care of and play with.
KE: Will you remain involved with the BSM community in any way?
MG: I’m sure that I will. I [will] come back for masses or special days, and I think there is a strong group of retired staff and faculty that get together once a month to share time together [that I will join].