When combined, Mary Liz Fitzpatrick ’72 Ivins, Mr. Ed Patton and Dr. Ken Micai have over 62 years of service to the students of Notre Dame High School.
As a faculty member in the Science Department for seven years, “Doc Micai," as he was known, taught Physics and attended Kairos retreats as an adult facilitator. He is famous for assigning his students to design and build a roller coaster out of construction paper each semester.
Mr. Patton began his career at Notre Dame in 2004 as a substitute teacher and eventually joined the Social Studies Department. He was active in the Performing Arts Department, directed the Fall Production each year, coached tennis and attended Kairos retreats.
As a graduate in the Class of 1972, Ms. Ivins began teaching Religion at Notre Dame in 1979. She then went on to be the Religion Department Chairperson, Assistant Principal, Principal and finally President of the school. She retires this month after serving the Notre Dame Family for over 40 years.
In a final letter to parents, Ms. Ivins said, “The most difficult part of leaving Notre Dame as I retire this month is saying goodbye to the vibrant energy, open-hearted optimism, unpredictable humor and hopeful potential of the young people who have filled my days during these past 40 years. What joy I have found in arguing with them, learning from them, being challenged by them, offering them new perspectives, sharing their tears and laughing with them.”
We wish Ms. Ivins, Mr. Patton and Dr. Micai all the best in their retirement.
Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, Notre Dame High School, founded in 1957, is a college preparatory school for grades 9 - 12, preparing young men and women for lives of purpose, built upon a foundation of Catholic faith, with a commitment to academics, co-curricular activities and service to others.