Mrs. Susie Kern
Faculty Member Since: 2008
Hometown: Burbank, CA
What is your favorite memory of being in school?
When I was in sixth grade my youngest (and seventh!) sibling was due to be born close to my birthday and things at home were predictably hectic. I don’t remember complaining about the coincidence. Complaints wouldn’t have been tolerated, let’s be honest, and my family typically kept celebrations small in any event (as small as things can be with a family of ten). My birthday eventually came around and I went to school as expected. When snack time arrived my sixth grade teacher, Sr. Eugenia of the Sisters of Providence, pulled out a tray of homemade cupcake, enough for the whole class, and announced that I myself had brought them to share with everyone in celebration of my birthday. I remember very few details beyond the point where everyone was thrilled with “my” cupcakes, but those initial moments of confusion, mixed with a flash of understanding about true kindness, and my new found popularity among classmates, are forever engraved into memory. Sr. Eugenia understood something I couldn’t have voiced myself; we all want to feel special sometimes, and it doesn’t take much to make that happen. I was the only one in on the secret that day, but I do hope now that I do a terrible job of keeping it to myself.
What do you value most about St. Patrick?
I value our community’s overwhelming desire to help others in need. It speaks well of the community that our members occasionally keep their own family emergencies quiet, knowing that if word got out the whole parish family would overwhelmingly respond. I’ve been on the receiving end of this giving spirit, and can attest to its depth and generosity. It is awesome!
Who or what inspires you most?
I am always inspired by witnessing selfless behaviors in others. It is a difficult world in which we live, and remembering to put God and others before yourself is unpopular and often unrecognized. I hope I never miss the opportunity to encounter Jesus in another person, and emulate their example.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I read, I’m a weird and wacky news junkie, hang out at the beach, celebrate dinners with friends, take road trips, and spend entirely too much time with what my kids used to call “doing computer.” I’m always trying to cut back on that last one, but worry I’ll miss something. Who would let the staff know about the monkey that escaped from the zoo, or the woman who called 911 when Burger King got her order wrong?
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Do unto others as you would have them done unto you.