Our Person of the Week has been helping others for 6 decades
Sister Mary Catharina Bereiter helps students to better understand math. She estimates she has helped 6,000 students over her career.
Sister Catharina has taught students from first grade through college — usually in classroom settings. Now she prefers to tutor adult learners one on one. She says that allows her to “zero in on what the student is trying to learn. In a group you’re trying to meet all the different needs and that’s very difficult.”
Sister Catharina tutors twice a week at Siena Literacy Center. Donna McRae Nesbitt is the director of the center. She says Sister Catharina is a tough taskmaster, “However she rules with a velvet fist. You know she means business but she is infinitely patient and encouraging.”
At age 90, most people would be taking it easy. But not Sister Catharina. She asked us, “Why should I just sit around and do nothing? It’s wonderful to see students learn.”
Donna McRae Nesbitt says students come every week because of what Sister Catharina gives them, “Not just the math skills but the confidence to pursue their dreams or master whatever challenges they find in their lives.”
Monique Holly, one of Sister Catharina’s students, hopes she continues, “To keep doing what she’s doing because she’s making a difference in my life.”