Jill Briody, OLGC Class of 2006 - I still look back fondly on my time here and consider my Catholic education one of the greatest gifts my parents could ever give me.
Good evening, my name is Jill Briody and I graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel in 2006. I still look back fondly on my time here and consider my Catholic education one of the greatest gifts my parents could ever give me. OLGC not only provided me with countless memories of time spent with prayer partners, play dates with close friends, many wins and losses at basketball and softball games, and engaging classroom discussions, it gave me an everlasting passion for school and for God.
My teachers were top-notch, with a dual focus on my heart and mind, preparing me with high level critical-thinking skills, while simultaneously caring about me as a whole person. They created a nurturing environment where I could grow and thrive. I became more fully myself, the person God created me to be, compassionate towards and empowered by my community. Each day at OLGC students witnessed the lived faith of a believing community and learned how Christ permeates every aspect of life. From learning about Catholic contributions in science to exploring religious themes in literature, from daily school prayer to weekly school liturgies, OLGC offered students an ongoing invitation to recognize God in their lives.
After attending the University of Notre Dame, I knew I wanted to help provide other students with a Catholic education, just like I had at OLGC, so I decided to participate in the Alliance for Catholic Education where I taught third grade for two years in an under-resourced Catholic school in Pascagoula, MS. While the warm weather was nice, the challenges were real, but what will always stay with me is that I got to be a part of the mission of Catholic schools: to teach something that lasts. Not for a decade. Not for a generation. But forever. I offered them the opportunity to develop in their relationship with God.
My passion for school continues as I am now attending the University of Maryland to get my PhD in school psychology. I am forever grateful to OLGC and the tremendous impact it has had on the person I am today.