Teacher Spotlight - Mrs. Farley

Written on 02/28/2020
Antonio Giannattasio

An Interview with Mrs. Farley, Currently in Her 26th Year at Farrell

Mrs. Farley is currently in her 26th year at Monsignor Farrell and teaches Java, computer applications, and SAT prep. Both her father and brother attended Farrell and are members of the Classes of 1966 and 1991, respectively. Her time at Farrell started back when she was a cheerleader for the basketball team from 1985-1986.

Through her family, Mrs. Farley has seen Farrell change over time, but according to her, one thing that doesn’t change are the students. From the stories her father told her to the experiences she had when her brother went here, Mrs. Farley truly believes there is a place for everyone at Farrell.  Whether it be on a sports team, a fundraising organization, or an afterschool club, students have many opportunities to get involved. And it’s not only the students of the school either; her daughters are able to become a part of the family through the Farrell plays and attending the Super Dance.

“When you hear the expression a Farrell family, I truly believe it’s a family,”

Mrs. Farley also moderates and assists with different activities at Farrell, the most notable being FOSI (Friends of Staten Island), a club that raises money for local charities.  She also assists with the Farrell plays. As a high school student, Mrs. Farley attended the Super Dance and fondly recalls the positive memories. When she started to work at Farrell, she aided long-time Farrell faculty member Shelia McCarthy with the Super Dance.  After Mrs. McCarthy's passing in 2005,  Mrs. Farley and the other teachers in the Computer Science Department took the lead in running FOSI and the Super Dance.

“You don’t know what it is about Farrell, but you don’t see it anywhere else.”

To Mrs. Farley, the Farrell family is entwined with her own - whether they attended or were part of the extracurricular activities; it holds a special place in her heart.

On behalf of the students and faculty, we congratulate Mrs. Farley on more than a quarter-century of dedicated service to Monsignor Farrell High School and sincerely thank her for all she has done and continues to do for us.