Catapult Learning Educator Plans Missionary Work in Peru after Retirement
Rose Mary Kuznicki may not yet be ready to retire from her job as a school counselor for Catapult Learning, but this hasn’t stopped her from making plans. These plans take Rose Mary to the Dioceses of Sicuani in Peru, where she will spend several months of the year assisting at a Catholic school opening in the diocese in 2015.
Rose Mary and her husband, Joseph, parishioners of St. James Parish in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, visited the Diocese of Sicuani this past July, where they learned about the plans for the Catholic school. The trip came five years after Rose Mary first learned that Sicuani is the “sister” diocese to the Diocese of Greensburg, to which her parish belongs.
The relationship between the two dioceses began over thirty years ago, when Greensburg’s then-Bishop William G. Connare visited Sicuani. For several years, the Diocese of Greensburg supplied priests to Sicuani, which comprises the four poorest provinces in Peru, where nearly 95% of people are baptized Catholics. Today, the Diocese continues to support Sicuani financially and through prayer.
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Rose Mary has spent the last thirty-five years working for Catapult Learning as a school guidance counselor in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. During this time, she has worked at fourteen different schools throughout the county and, as her supervisor Joanie Mahoney explains, “always maintains a positive attitude . . . always finds the time to alter her busy schedule when someone needs her.”
In September 2013, Rose Mary was recognized in Catapult Learning’s Educator Spotlight, a monthly feature that highlights educators’ work in schools. In her interview, Rose Mary explained her reason for becoming a school counselor: “As a counselor, I can be the tool to help a child with the many changes in their young life. I try to help them see that they can participate in the changes by communicating their needs, and expressing their emotions respectfully.”
While Rose Mary’s work with Catapult Learning will continue for now, her retirement will not be easy for those who work with her. When asked about Rose Mary’s retirement plans, Mahoney replied, “I sure don’t want to see her retire any time soon.”
The good news is that when Rose Mary does retire, many more children will continue to benefit from her hard work and generous spirit. And that is truly inspiring!
Read this article for more information about Rose Mary’s plans.
About Catapult Learning: For over 35 years, Catapult Learning has been dedicated to improving academic achievement for students from Pre-K to grade 12, with a special focus on intervention for struggling learners, building teacher capacity, and graduating more students. Catapult Learning’s nationwide network of 4,100 teachers, coaches, and consultants partners with over 300 school districts across the country