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Transitive Property of Love
News item date:
Monday, September 8, 2014
by Emily Marquet (THP Volunteer 2011-2013)
Teaching math to 8th graders in their third language truly takes a master teacher.
Meghan Gregus is a master teacher and The Haitian Project (THP) was fortunate in securing her services in 2012-2013. As her fellow Volunteer, Amanda Gaal, noted, Gregus' "commitment to education was clear in every lesson she taught and permeated into every activity she was a part of."
During the long days at Louverture Cleary School (LCS), Gregus demonstrated boundlesss energy and enthusiasm. Her days started at 5:20 a.m., even earlier than that of the other Volunteers, when she lit and cleaned the incinerator with a group of students. Gregus handled this daily chore with pride and a consistent work ethic. As Deacon Patrick Moynihan, President of THP commented, "Meghan showed up early and strong for every activity . . . she proved to be a great asset for hole digging - along with excellent work in the classroom."
In the spring of 2013, Gregus returned to her home parish of St. Thomas the Apostle in Crystal Lake, IL. Through a fellow parishioner, she was promptly connected with a teaching position at a Catholic middle school in Lake Forest, IL. She brings the beliefs of the LCS community into her classroom everyday. As her 8th graders prepared for Confirmation this year, Gregus stressed the importance of service, shared stories of LCS and incorporated the campus tradition of morning prayer into her classroom.
Gregus says for herself, "A big part of what I took away was a better understanding of God's love. I like to look at God's love as a mathematical concept (ince I am a nerdy math teacher). It's the Transitive Property (if a= b and a = c then b = c): If 'God = Love' and 'God = Good,' then 'Love = Good.'
Loving someone is wanting The Good for them. It is a daily goal for me to show God's love to my students just like the love I experienced with my community at LCS."