Shelbrey Althoff Blanc ’95
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Notre Dame College
M.A. in French, Boston College
B.S.L.A. in French, Georgetown University
Principal at Holy Name High School
What activities were you involved with as a student at Holy Name?
As a student, I was involved in Student Council (I was Freshman and Sophomore Class President and was on Senate Junior and Senior Year), French Club, National Honor Society, Academic Challenge, Varsity Track, and Prom Committee.
Who was your favorite teacher and/or what was your favorite subject?
My favorite subject was French, but I loved history and math as well. My favorite teacher was probably Sr. Marie Fillo (I had her for theology and a history elective). I feel guilty naming just one though, because there were so many good ones: Joe Ehrbar, Karen Carter, Bob Lees, Pat Jannette, Sr. Therese Marie, Vivian Habrat, etc.
What is your fondest memory of Holy Name?
Going to Europe the summer before my senior year with Sr. Marie, Mr. Langa, Mr. Ream, Mr. Lees and some of my classmates is a definite highlight that comes to mind. I also have good memories from Spirit Games and track practices.
How did Holy Name prepare you for your life as an adult?
Holy Name taught me how to think critically and advocate for myself. We strive to continue to instill that in our students now. I also learned that good things come to those who work hard and are kind to other people.
What does Holy Name mean to you?
Holy Name is the place that allowed me to grow in mind, body, and spirit. I didn’t realize at the time how well I was prepared academically. What I learned here truly prepared me for my undergraduate and graduate studies. I could write and speak well and it showed to those I met on college campuses. I met lifelong friends at Holy Name and participated in activities and events that helped me grow as a person. Now as Principal, I want to ensure that our students today experience the same things that I did.
Holy Name truly is a special place. I feel blessed to have experienced what Holy Name has to offer as a student, and can now help shape current and future Namers as a former teacher and current administrator.