Sister Teresa Dermody, SC, celebrates over sixty years as a Sister of Charity and cherishes her life as a gift with gratitude to God and the Community. Her early education at Cathedral High School by the Sisters of Charity led her to consider and follow a vocation in the footsteps of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Sister Teresa taught in elementary school at St. Denis in Yonkers, St. Emeric in Manhattan, and Visitation in the Bronx. Meanwhile, her mathematical ability led her to study for an MA in Mathematics at Manhattan College. From there, she was missioned to teach Math at York High School in Pennsylvania, which was a challenge in many ways as it opened her to students of a different culture and broadened her world view.
Sister Teresa continued teaching math at St. Barnabas High School in the Bronx. She reflected that each teaching assignment offered her new learning experiences and surprises. Sister said, “There is nothing so rewarding to a teacher as to hear a student say, ‘I got it!’”
After fifty-three years in education, Sister Teresa worked in the Advancement Office at Mount Saint Vincent, a position she thoroughly enjoyed. Sister Teresa moved to The New Jewish Home in the Bronx in 2014.
In her retirement, Sister Teresa has the time to reflect on her life and seeing the best in everyone she meets.
- St. Denis, Yonkers
1955–58, Teacher, Gr. 5
- St. Emeric, Manhattan
1958–61, Teacher, Gr. 6
- St. Barnabas H.S., Bronx
1961–66, Teacher, Math
1990–97, Teacher, Math, Campus Minister
1998–99, Campus Minister, Teacher
1999–2000, Teacher, Math
2001–06, Campus Ministries, Teacher
- York Catholic H.S., PA
19966–77, Teacher, Math
- College of Mount Saint Vincent, Bronx
1977–80, Asst., Financial Admin.
- Cardinal Spellman H.S., Bronx
1980–90, Teacher, Math
- Visitation School, Bronx
2007–11, Teacher, Math
- St. Francis Xavier, Bronx
2007–09, Teacher, Math
By Sr. Lorraine Cooper, SC
SR. TERESA WAS MY 8TH GRADE ADVANCED MATH (ALGEBRA) TEACHER WHEN I WOULD TRAVEL WITH A GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM VISITATION BEFORE THE SCHOOL DAY. THAT WAS BACK IN THE 1999-2000 SCHOOL YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RETIREMENT, SR. TERESA!
Sr. Teresa Dermody was a close friend of Sr. Eleanor O’Doherty (Sr. Mary Brendan) dec. I have known her since around 1949.
The last time I contacted Sr. Teresa, it took her awhile to recognize me.
I am so happy to learn she is doing well. Sr. Teresa is a wonderful person. My grown children ask about her often. They will be glad to know she is good.