There are few who know Kennedy Catholic High School as well as Sr. Barbara Heil. When she began teaching at Kennedy, the student body consisted of only 240 students and now that number has almost tripled. Sr. Barbara has been part of the Kennedy community from the very beginning. “Fifty years ago, I came with the moving vans” she told me. We talked a lot about the changes at Kennedy throughout the years including all of the improvements in technology and the new sports facilities which have allowed for many new teams and clubs. The one thing that she said has never changed is the students. As she simply put it,”kids are kids”. Faculty have come and gone, courses have changed, facilities have been improved, and textbooks and chalk have been replaced with iPads and smart-boards, but what remains the constant at Kennedy is the teenagers walking the halls, the same way they did 50 years ago.
Fifty years is a very long time to to be working at one place. “I had many opportunities to leave,” Sr. Barbara told me, “but why would I?” She loves spending time with the students at Kennedy and says that they have made the past 50 years of her life so rewarding. Sr. Barbara has taught countless Kennedy students in both math and Latin. She is also the monitor of many student-run clubs and makes costumes for the school plays. Every year, she engages Kennedy students in her mission of supporting children from low income families in Goshen. She brings students to volunteer at their local summer camp and she organizes the preparation of Easter baskets for them. By being so involved in these activities, Sr. Barbara has really gotten to know the students at Kennedy. She is definitely a very special member of the Kennedy Catholic family and we are incredibly lucky to have her.re to add your own text