Success Stories


"I wanted to write to you because during a parent-teacher conference yesterday, one of the wonderful parents told me that she could tell that I went to an excellent university! I told her that I certainly did, and got to brag all about the Education Program at Seton Hill."

- Kindergarten teacher Erica Shirley, who graduated from Seton Hill in 2010 with a degree in English literature and elementary education, in an email to Seton Hill's Education Division.  

Helen Normile Quinlan & Barbara Nolan Reilly Receive Excellence in Teaching Awards from Seton Hill in June 2013

Helen Normile Quinlan followed in the footsteps of her mother, Catherine Franey Normile, to Seton Hill College. Helen, a native of Binghamton, N.Y. graduated from Seton Hill in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree, where her mother earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1930. Helen was a student of Seton Hill’s Cadet Teaching Program. Through the program, in exchange for teaching in one of the schools operated by the Sisters of Charity, Seton Hill student participants earned tuition credit. As part of the Cadet program, Helen lived on campus and taught third grade at Saint Bruno School in Greensburg with Sister Harold Ann Jones, S.C. as her mentor and principal. For 35 years, Helen taught first, second or third grade in several states. She taught first grade in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, for 28 of those years. There, Helen introduced the school’s first Readiness Program. She served as the secretary for the Mont Vernon Teachers’ Association, as an advocate for special needs children in New Hampshire and as a Board member for the Area Agency for Developmental Disabilities, Region IV Nashua, New Hampshire. She also started a club for Special Needs individuals, which continues to meet after 40 years in existence. 

Barbara Nolan Reilly began her undergraduate career at Seton Hill College with the intention of becoming a lawyer. She was accepted to law school, but her father, Dr. Daniel P. Nolan, a professor of chemistry at Saint Vincent College, and her mentors at Seton Hill, strongly encouraged her to complete her English degree first. Along with English, Barbara decided to pursue teaching courses. After her student teaching experience, she decided to pursue a career in teaching and never looked back. Born in Omaha, Neb. but reared in Latrobe, Barbara began her teaching career at Mount Pleasant High School in 1948. Barbara’s teaching career has taken her to schools in Indiana, New Jersey and Delaware, where she has spent 30 years teaching at St. Mark’s High School. Barbara retired from St. Mark’s in 2010 because she knew layoffs were planned for the school as a result of budget cuts, and she wanted to ensure the jobs of younger teachers were saved. However, she has since returned to the classroom at St. Mark’s, where a scholarship was created and named in Barbara's honor to benefit St. Mark's students.

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