Following 25 years teaching at Holy Family School in Poland, Marnie Kelty is making a move - across the parking lot.
Having retired from her position at HFS following the 2012-2013 school year, Kelty took on the role of director of Religious Education/Youth Ministry at Holy Family Parish effective July 1.
"It was always a wonderful place to teach," said Kelty of her more than two decades at HFS, adding that over the years she has taught every grade exclusive of first and third, having spent the last 13 years teaching second grade.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
With a deeply rooted faith and dedication to Catholic education, Marnie Kelty has retired from her 25-year teaching position at Holy Family School and made her way across the parking lot to Holy Family Parish where she has been appointed the director of Religious Education/Youth Ministry. “It seemed like a natural progression she said of the move.
"I've always been a service-oriented person," said Kelty. Regarding her new position, she said she was approached by Holy Family Parish Pastor, Msgr. William Connell, and "it seemed like a natural progression."
Working under his direction, and remaining connected to school Principal Kathy Stoops, Kelty's new role will also enable her to retain a connection with the students.
"I want the kids to feel they make a connectionthat they're moving in a positive direction," she said.
One of seven children, Kelty said she and all of her siblings attended both Holy Family School and Cardinal Mooney High School. Kelty's own children, Jim Stickel, a 21-year-old Youngstown State University student, and Eileen Stickel, a senior at Cardinal Mooney High School, have continued down that same path of parochial schooling and with a passion for her deeply rooted beliefs in Catholic education. Kelty, who is also a lifelong parishioner of Holy Family Parish, brings a history to her new position.
Her goal is simple yet profound. "I want to make a difference in the next generation," said Kelty. Seemingly already comfortable in the surroundings of her new endeavor, "It's across the drivewaynow I turn to the right instead of the left," she said laughingly.
Sharing that she just wants to go quietly about her life making a difference, perhaps enhancing someone else's life, Kelty said, "I really can count my blessings. This is where I was meant to be."