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Sister Marie Terese Geor (formerly known as Sr Margaret)

Profiled in October 2003 (updated April 2013)geor

I was born in Hastings, second-in-line to a family of six children and of Lebanese descent.   I was educated at St.Joseph's School, Hastings which continued through to Secondary School, later known as Tenison College.   My grounding and education was a thorough one, which prepared me well for my profession and teaching.
At 20 years of age I entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St.Joseph,  Whanganui,  where I had many opportunities to prepare for my future as a teacher.   Opportunities were given to continue with music, singing, and some art work, all of which helped with my development not only as a person but gave me a deeper appreciation of these gifts and the ability to use my talents.
My teaching career commenced in Levin as a teacher of junior classes, then to Ohakune, Hastings, Whanganui, Waipawa and Taihape.   My promotion to being a Principal and the opportunity to teach all other grades began in Manaia, on to Taihape, St Mary's Hastings, Mairangi Bay as Deputy-Principal, Plimmerton and finally St.Joseph's Levin.   Interwoven I attended many refresher courses, courses for Principals, and two Leadership Courses, one in Australia and one in Auckland.
Following my teaching career, I was Chaplain to our newly established Nazareth Rest Home in Whanganui for three years, furthering my education in this field.   This was a most rewarding experience.
My Ministry then focussed on our Corporate Mission devoted to support of Women and Family where I worked in Taupo.   I moved to Otaki working as a voluntary Community Worker.   I was a support person to the elderly in their homes, and visited Rest Homes and places where there was a need.   I ventured into helping adults with reading and literature difficulties after completing training in this area.
In 2005 I returned to Hastings where I continued visiting the sick and elderly.   Along the way I have chosen to be a volunteer at St Joseph's School assisting with Written Expression or Reading where applicable.   I enjoy being back in a Teaching capacity and am encouraged in seeing the enthusiasm and delight when children strive higher and succeed.   It is also rewarding to once again be part of my immediate family.
I see my Ministry as one where I need a listening heart, compassion and generosity, with time, support and energy.   I love our treasured elderly who possess wisdom, grace and trust, and I am grateful that I can be of service to them and hopefully a joy in their lives.


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