We are extremely proud of Kindergarten Teacher Barbara Anne Cagney who was honored with Mount Carmel Guild's Community Service Award on Friday, October 20. The Guild recognized Ms. Cagney for the many years of service she has dedicated to the Trenton community through her work at Martin House and Loaves and Fishes. A large contingent of Stuart community members were in attendance when Ms. Cagney received the award at Mount Carmel Guild's 22nd Annual Gala, an evening that celebrates the dedication of those who serve others.
Barbara Anne Cagney was raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey, with six brothers and five sisters–a family life rooted in Catholicism. She attended Catholics schools and spent her college years at Newton College of the Sacred Heart. Ms. Cagney began her teaching career in Newark, New Jersey, and she began her tenure at Stuart in 1980. Here, she has taught our youngest students in the Lower School (grades K, 1 and 2), and worked with older students in the area of community service. Involvement with the Upper School girls has introduced her to Appalachia Service Project, Martin House, Loaves and Fishes, and most recently, the Urban Challenge in Camden. Ms. Cagney's own high school experiences and college life exposed her to community service, which paved the way to a life long commitment to working and helping others. Thanks to her efforts, for 35 years, Stuart has maintained a connection with Loaves and Fishes, a soup kitchen in Trenton. Ms. Cagney says, "Stuart and Loaves and Fishes keep me grounded, challenged and loving the life that God has given me."
See photos from the award ceremony in the gallery or in the slideshow below.