Joan Negley Kelleher '50, who remained a close and dear friend to Saint Mary’s Hall for decades, passed away on December 1. Joan’s legacy at SMH spans generations and her profound impact on our school and the broader San Antonio community will endure for years to come.
- empowers learners through academic rigor and intellectual discourse in a supportive environment.
- fosters a culture of trust and being known
- builds lives of curiosity, self-confidence, and achievement
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I have truly loved my Middle School experience at Saint Mary's Hall. The school provides a supportive community, incredible and accessible teachers, and amazing academics. At SMH, I have enjoyed being a part of the Senate Leadership Council and meeting various friends in different forms as well as meeting many new students as a Baron Ambassador. I also feel fortunate to be a part of the Middle School field hockey, soccer, and tennis teams. Saint Mary's Hall is a special place because it allows me to participate and explore all of my interests while getting a strong education!
- Annie Herff
- Form 8 Student
Saint Mary’s Hall fosters a sense of identity, independence, and self-expression through the opportunities provided, enabling students to pursue their passions — academically, personally, and at an extracurricular level. I found my niche through the avenue of speech and debate. Throughout both the Middle and Upper School, the focus lies on cultivating student autonomy and leadership. Students have the option of joining clubs, running for councils, or participating in after-school activities. I am a part of Boy Scouts of America as a Life Scout, serve on the Honor Council, and participate in the Latin Club, MUN, and JSA. Faculty are extremely passionate and personable, investing time in all of their students, while providing individualized attention. My collective experiences, together with friendships I have formed and the mentorship I have received, have created a deep sense of purpose and family, while leaving me with lasting memories.
- Anish Beeram
- Form 11 Student
My family has been a part of the Saint Mary’s Hall community for 16 years. My daughters, Lucia and Cecilia have grown into hardworking and confident students over the years. Lucia graduated this year, and I can definitely see that she is fully prepared for her college education. While the academics are rigorous, the teachers are supportive and want their students to succeed. The classes are small, so the teachers have been able to get to know each of my children as individuals. To me, one of the things that makes SMH special is the sense of community. Lucia and Cecilia have both developed strong relationships with many of their teachers, and feel supported and mentored by many of them.
- Amber Canseco
It has been a privilege to have spent the past 17 years teaching at Saint Mary’s Hall within a community of passionate teachers and enthusiastic students. SMH offers something for everyone – arts, athletics, academics – while fostering a strong collaborative environment that is open to new ideas and suggestions – such as having a student run investment group or an entrepreneurial society. This environment allows for the students to grow, both academically and personally, and to form incredible relationships with both their peers and faculty alike which often extend past their secondary education. It has been amazing to not only work with such motivated students with so many diverse interests, but also with such a dedicated group of teachers that I am proud to call not only colleagues but friends.
- Jose Molina
- Upper School Faculty
I have been part of the Saint Mary’s Hall family for 83 years. I graduated from Saint Mary’s Hall in 1943 and worked at SMH for close to 20 years. I have been a parent, aunt, grandparent, member of the Alumni Council and SMH Board of Trustees, and unofficial historian. My favorite memories (though too numerous to mention) include being a student and a graduate followed by years of being on the Residence and Office staff. One of the things I love most about Saint Mary’s Hall are the friendships and connections I made over the years with students and faculty. A small student body with small classes leads to special attention from teachers and special relationships with other students. My continuing close association with the alumni over the years highlight my days.
- Elaine Hinds '43
Service is a hallmark of Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) and a critical component of the student experience. SMH mentors help to provide students with enrichment opportunities to guide them in their journey as civic-minded leaders and inspire them to make a positive impact on the issues important to them. Recently, an SMH mentor, Enrichment Program Coordinator Lisa Westergard, was globally recognized for her contributions to SMH students.
A treasured tradition since 1998, Saint Mary's Hall held its annual Founders' Day ceremony on November 16. The SMH community gathered to celebrate the storied history of the school as well as the announcement of four Master Teacher Awards.
Hanging in the School Nurse’s Office is a sign that poignantly reads, “Students must be healthy to be educated and educated to be healthy.” As students arrive to be treated for sniffles, a headache, an upset stomach, or just to visit, this is a powerful reminder of the vital role wellness plays in their daily lives at school.