Shield's Medal: Mary M. Madden

Mary Madden was one of the first female teachers at BC High, a true pioneer, embracing the necessary hard work and tough love that teachers often mix together to educate their students.
Mary Madden was one of the first female teachers at BC High, a true pioneer, embracing the necessary hard work and tough love that teachers often mix together to educate their students.

Mary’s time at BC High spans 36 years, but her commitment didn’t end on her retirement from the classroom. She worked in the Admissions office welcoming future alumni into the school and continues her dedication to BC High voluntarily in the Advancement office. Principal Steve Hughes ’73 best sums up Mary’s contributions to BC High “Mary Madden was simply the best classroom teacher at BC High. She could teach all levels of math to all levels of students, but she was always partial to those students who struggled. She never gave them a free pass, but she did whatever it took to get them to be competent in mathematics. She did it with a firm insistence on hard work and belief in their ability. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of young men owe Mary a great debt for not only getting them though high school algebra, but for teaching them the life lessons of hard work and a belief in oneself.”
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