Dan Moderick inspired decades of Namers
English Department Chair / Technology Director, 40 Years with Holy Name
“There was virtually no transition,” Moderick says. “My father was a teacher at Holy Name when I was born, and I attended the school so I already knew everything about it and many of the teachers. I fit right in.”
Moderick followed in his father’s footsteps teaching English and was also Director of Technology for 12 years. He has taught at the school for 40 years, but this academic year is his last as he is retiring. He says he will miss the students most but has also worked with some of the finest faculty.
“The students are exactly why I love this school and why teaching is so special,” Moderick says. “They keep me young. I have students now who are 17 and 18 but still keep in touch with some of my old students who are now in their 50s. I think of them often — and I’ll always think of them as kids!”
While as a student Moderick attended the school at Harvard and Broadway avenues. Although the location has changed and the school has evolved as society has, he says its values have always remained the same.
“There are different values in society as the years pass, and Holy Name has adapted to many of those while still keeping its core values,” Moderick says. “It’s always been a family-oriented type of system,” he says. “The values are oriented toward keeping families together, which is a basic thing missing in our society today. But the idea of family, and that it’s a traditional, conservative type of school, is why people send their kids there generation after generation.” (Moderick and his wife, Denice Godec ’70, sent their three children, Daniel ’99, Dana ’02, and Doug ’05 to Holy Name.)
As a teacher, Moderick has been known as the “fun” teacher. He says he loves to make the classroom an enjoyable experience.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the job all 40 years,” he says. “I’ve never perceived
it as a job. Teaching has always been just a natural thing I wanted to do. There was never a conscious moment where I decided, ‘I want to be a teacher.’ I’ve just always known, and it worked out.”
Following retirement, Moderick says he hopes to relax and take it easy.
“I’m going to do nothing for awhile,” he says. “But I know when I find something to do, I’ll jump right in.”
Reflecting on his career, Moderick says he hopes he touched the lives of the students he taught.
“I hope that in some way, I helped these kids to be decent citizens and good, loving people.”
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