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Teacher Spotlight: Margaret Zeh Fulford

Margaret Zeh Fulford (center) with members of the cast of  "Tarzan," Delaney Rohlman (left) and Montavia Rowley. Ms. Zeh Fulford is chair of the Catholic Theology Department but also helps in many other areas at Scecina, including the track team and the musicals.

Each month the Teacher Spotlight highlights one of Scecina's staff members who inspire our students every day.

By Beth Murphy

For many evenings after school recently, Margaret Zeh Fulford has sat at a table in Scecina’s gym, watching the action on the school stage as singers and actors rehearse for Scecina’s 2016 Spring Musical and directing the students to try it again or to speak louder.

It’s a comfortable and familiar spot for Ms. Zeh Fulford. She has directed or helped direct 12 Scecina plays and musicals over her tenure here as a teacher. This year, she promises, the musical, “Tarzan,” will be one of the best.

She also gets to see and talk with Scecina’s seniors every day as the senior theology teacher. Ms. Zeh Fulford is the chair of the Catholic Theology department. Theology interests her because “it’s at the same time deeply personal, profoundly social and universally challenging.” The main point she conveys to students is that “God calls us to bring his life and light in the world. To do that, we must be love to all, both friend and enemy. Therefore, we must learn not to judge and to take care of the splinter in our own eye.”

Her students know her passion lies in social justice issues. If she were to go on a crusade, she says, she wouldn’t be able to narrow it down to a single cause. “Way too many things to list,” she explains. “Just join our social justice class any day and you will hear what we all need to crusade for.”

Ms. Zeh Fulford’s commitment to Scecina’s students goes far beyond the theology classroom. Besides being co-director of this year’s musical, she also is assistant cross country coach and senior class moderator. She also stepped up to help with the Student Council when moderator Nikki Rosswurm took her maternity leave.

Ms. Zeh Fulford has taught at Scecina since 2002, excluding one year where she was youth minister at Our Lady of Lourdes. The western Pennsylvania native came to Indiana via Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in theology and humanistic studies. She lives on the Eastside with her husband, Justin Fulford, who shows his support for his wife and Scecina in many ways. “From taking tickets at the football games, to flipping pancakes at the cross country breakfast, to making dinner for me every night during musical season, I couldn’t do the things I do at Scecina without him.”

“I am very thankful for all the opportunities I have been given at Scecina to build community, live the Gospel, explore talents and uplift the people around me,” she said “I could not be a part of any of these things without my co-directors, head coaches, fellow moderators, colleagues and students who are willing to try new things (like my new yoga ball desks).”

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