Ms. Moroder: Kindness and Dedication Throughout the Years

Written by Sean Smith

Ms. Moroder has been at Dominican High School for 40 years now and she wasn’t always in the position she is today. She actually started in the school cafeteria and then moved to the business office. Eventually she became the Executive Assistant of Academics for Mr. Foy and Mr. Murray and has been working with them for the last 18 years. Ms. Moroder has a very positive opinion of Dominican as a great community along with the mission of the Sinsinawa Dominican sisters, and because of these, this is why she has stayed so long.

Since she has worked with Mr. Murray for a long time, I asked her what would happen if they changed positions. Ms. Moroder said, “I think it would pretty much be the same in a sense. It’s the way we interact with students. We get to know kids by name and we get to know just how much they’ve grown.” She also talked about the fact that Dominican is much more diverse now as it has grown bigger as a community over the years. During the last few years, many students have had concerns for some of the rules at Dominican. I asked her who the person or people are who decide the rules for the school. She said that Dominican comes together as a group, involves the staff, and even parents on rare occasions. It is never just one person making all the demands of rules. The staff often have meetings during most late start mornings and the faculty does have a lot of input with the rules. Ms. Moroder even got to connect with Dominican as a parent. Both her son and daughter attended Dominican and she loved it. “I knew firsthand that my kids were in good hands and that they were gonna make a change, and that I felt I knew what was going on before they walked through the door. So having kids here was a great experience because I knew who the teachers were. I knew that they were getting solid, great grades. They weren’t just getting them handed to them, but they earned them.” I wanted to know a little bit more about rules at the school. At Dominican we have a rule that spirit wear can only be worn on Fridays. Her opinion on that matter was quick as she said she never understood that, but then said, “I think they wanted a little bit more of a dress code and then to make it fun on a spirit day.”  This helps to explain one of the rules at Dominican a bit more. A common argument today among students is if the dress code falls more heavily on girls or boys. Ms. Moroder said it is definitely on the girls because in today’s world the fashion is skin tight and short and at Dominican they want a more modest look of a professional, which is understandable in many ways. She added that if Dominican didn’t have a dress code, students would take advantage of that. They never looked to take away personality by having a dress code. There should always be clothes that can be comfortable but presentable at the same time because it helps to teach ladies to respect themselves and for men to respect young ladies too.

The final question I asked Ms. Moroder was if there was anything she would like to change about Dominican. She stated, “Every year there is a change, so I really don’t have anything to change. Every year we get a new teacher, new kids, so honestly, there isn’t anything I’d like to change. Every year is different. There’s a new group of kids and you hate to see the old ones go, so I like where I’m located. I like the kids and that’s why I’ve been here for so long.” As you can see, Ms. Moroder is a very kind-hearted person and hopes for all the students to have good experiences and opportunities at Dominican. It looks like Dominican High School will be in good hands for many more years to come.


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