Written on: April 19, 2015
Sister Elizabeth Dawn Gear met the Grey Nuns at Mother of Divine Providence School, King of Prussia, PA when she was a very young lay teacher. Their good example and love of St. Marguerite d’Youville inspired her to follow in their footsteps. Education has been her passion. For forty-five of her fifty years as a Grey Nun, she has been part of an education system either as an elementary or secondary teacher or as principal. While teaching at St. Pius X High School in Atlanta, Georgia, she also served as Assistant Dean of Studies and Students. Sister Dawn was the founding principal of 3 Catholic schools in the Atlanta Archdiocese: St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School, Archbishop Donnellan Elementary School and Our Lady of Mercy High School. In 2001, she became Assistant Superintendent and then Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Camden. Dawn presently is serving her second term as a member of the Leadership Council of the Grey Nun.
St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School in Lilburn, Georgia, has a special place in my heart. I was the founding Principal and had the opportunity to build and create this wonderful school. These were hard times but very exciting times as we were always creating new things. Our hard work was rewarded by the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. when they named our school a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. I also received the National Distinguished Principal award granted by the U.S. Department of Education. I feel blessed to have reached this milestone of fifty years and look forward to this celebration. There have been many people who have touched my life, especially Sister Rita Raffaele, GNSH, whom I consider the “Model Teacher” and a very good friend. My sister and three brothers along with their spouses and children nurture me with love and respect. Thank you, Lord, for my family and all Grey Nuns for this wonderful opportunity to serve. Amen!