The quotes of Mary Elizabeth, Irish Martyr.

Wow, I wish I had read this more critically last night. It is a treasure trove!

According to Grace Gist, this is what former Bridgewater-Raritan West principal Elizabeth Connors said about her initial interviews in our home town.

Skanschools Grace Gist “Mary Elizabeth Connors the Great Pioneer” posting

This about her interview with the Board in 1970:

“But as the meeting wore on, [Connors] realized they hadn’t asked her any questions about her ability. The Board asked her if she had anything to ask them, and she quickly questioned: “Why haven’t you asked me about my education? My experience? My qualifications? What I taught?” After an embarrassed and hastily polite dismissal, Mary Elizabeth [Connors] recalls that, “I couldn’t get out there fast enough.” The assistant superintendent followed her up the walk, frantically trying to apologize and questioning where she was going. “I am getting in my car,” she answered tersely, “and at least going back over the border to Pennsylvania.” He called her a week later, asking her to consider the position. After a few weeks of contemplation, she decided: she needed a better job anyway, and that she should give it a try [as a Vice Principal in Bridgewater-Raritan].”

Ha ha! Pennsylvania like it’s Dorothy getting back to Kansas. And all the while Mary Elizabeth Connors was fomenting for more money with the Pittston School District and getting hospitalized in Geisinger Hospital.

The assistant superintendent who followed her down the walk was obviously fellow Irish-person Joseph McGarry (another one whose ancestors and he had never quite left the Old Sod, even over a hundred years later).

Think I’m joking about this lady’s little clan-favoring, anti-Americanism? More words from her:

“On the first day, about in August, the principal [Bradshaw] informed Mary Elizabeth that three appointments had been made to see her. The first was a male math teacher (“an Irishman to boot,” she remembers fondly). “I’ll be very brief, Ms. Connors,” he began, “I’m not looking forward to working with you or for you because I do not like women administrators.” Her initial reaction? She laughed, then expressed that she was looking forward to working with him, and that no one works for her. The second appointment was with two female teachers, one a math teacher and one a social studies teacher. They expressed nearly the exact same sentiments, perhaps because women usually don’t like to work for women.”

So what that the teacher was an “Irishman”? (Probably an American whose ancestors had immigrated from Ireland.)

Why was that fact always so key with that lady?

And how likely was it that three teachers would make a special appointment with a new supervisor to tell her how much they resented her? Do you do that with your boss?

Mary Elizabeth Connors never added up. Even today.

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