Moreland Notre Dame School, Watsonville


Moreland Notre Dame School, a gift of Mrs. Margaret Moreland, was opened by the Sisters in 1899. The stately Victorian building included a day school, rooms for boarders and the convent for the Sisters. This extraordinary gift came about after Mrs. Moreland’s daughter, Josephine, died while a student at College of Notre Dame in San Jose. Mrs. Moreland’s grief was transformed into generosity and she gave this school to the Sisters and the children of Watsonville in memory of her daughter.

Moreland uses a “challenging curriculum based on state standards,” but students also enjoy art, drama, chess and athletic programs. Early on, students also learn the importance of serving others in the community. Eighth graders serve lunch at the Loaves and Fishes Kitchen, participate in making Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, and collect supplies for the Pajaro Valley Shelter and food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. They prepare Christmas gifts for families and Easter baskets for the shelter children.

Sisters are active at Moreland:

  • Sr. Teresa Ann Leahy, former principal of Moreland Notre Dame, volunteers as religion coordinator for the school and helps in countless other ways.
  • Sr. Liane Delsuc, special education resource teacher, finds teaching an exciting, challenging ministry. Her resource room is a place where students feel good about themselves as they improve their study habits, basic reading, language and math skills.

Sisters who taught or administered in the school include:

  • Bernie Barnes, 1965-1966
  • Ann Carmel Badalamente, 1953-1954
  • Aileen Bermingham, 1952-1954, 1961-1963, 1965-1968
  • Marie Barbara Buckley, 1964-1968
  • June Canoles, 1969-1975
  • Frances Charlton. 1937
  • Julia Clayton, 1963-1964
  • M.E. Donnelly, 1940-1948
  • M. Patrice Donohoe, 1932-1933, 1935-1936
  • Liane Delsuc, 2003-present
  • Janet Marie Egan, 1952-1954
  • Nena Fazio, 1960-1962
  • Rose Franci, 1984-2001
  • Avelina Garcia, 1998-2001
  • Bernadette Garcia, 2007 – present
  • Rosemarie J. Gavin, 1945-1947
  • Jacqueline Golden, 1953-1957
  • Angela Gutierrez, 1942-1948, 1951-1953, 1962-1967
  • Lois Hagerty, 1954-1957
  • Barbara Hamm, 1951-1953
  • Barbara Hanagan 1956-1957, 1995-2001
  • Denis Marie Harney, 1974-2001
  • Bernice Heinz, 1981-1982
  • Mary Ellen Howard, 1972-1973
  • Barbara Kavanaugh, 1972
  • Mary Wilma King, 1949
  • Mary Laxague, 1954-1955, 1957-1962
  • Teresa Ann Leahy, 1957-1958, 1978-2000, 2001-present (volunteer)
  • Eileen MCarthy, 1961-1963, 1976-1977
  • Mary McCarthy, 1946-1954
  • Marie Elise McCormick, 1940-1944, 1953-1955
  • Mavourneen McGinty, 1956-1957
  • Pat McGlinn, 1963-1964
  • Teresa Maiorana, 1940-1949
  • Jacinta Martinez, 1989-1991
  • Helen Cecilia Miller, 1957, 1968
  • Joanne Miller, 1975-1978
  • Noreen Morgan, 1957-1960
  • Kathleen Murray, 1940-1943, 1948-1949
  • Susan Olson, 1983-2001
  • Louise O’Reilly, 1969-1971, 1973-1976
  • Celeste Pagliarula, 1991-2001
  • Dolores Pardini, 1966-1968
  • Catherine Pelletier, 1964-1966
  • Karen Pozniak, 1967-1972
  • Diane Reese, 1956
  • Ann Louise Schlitt, 1949-1950
  • Jeanne Marie Sosic, 1934-1935
  • Dolores Steiner, 1953-1954
  • Virginia Marie Straight, 1941-1948, 1984-1990
  • Ann Stubbe, 1998-2000
  • Gabrielle Sullivan, 1941-1946
  • Julie Marie Thorpe, 2000-2001
  • Marie Wagner, 1952-1955, 1982-1989, 1990-1992, 1998-2000
  • Mary Louise Williams, 1936-1937

Cathy Mottau, Principal
Moreland Notre Dame School
133 Brennan St.
Watsonville, CA 95076-4304
Phone: 831-728-2051
Website: mndschool.org

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