Maribeth Niday is starting over again this fall at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Boone and couldn’t be more pleased with the opportunity.
“It’s always been my dream to teach at Sacred Heart,” she says. “Our boys attended here, and I’ve always been very much impressed with this school.”
A native of Dubuque County, Niday says she never planned on becoming a teacher when she enrolled at Iowa State University back in the 1980s.
“I did not want to be a teacher starting college; it was at the bottom of my list, and I said I would never do such a thing,” she recalls. “I started in the Design School at Iowa State, and then I realized that my direction needed to change.”
Niday credits an aunt as being mentor to her and encouraging her to consider a career in education. Looking back, it all seems to make sense now.
“I very much enjoy the learning process. The concept of life-long learning has been embedded in me since I was a young child. I love to take classes myself. I could go to school forever, and to be able to be on the other end of that and help children develop that strong love of learning is just an incredible experience,” she says.
Niday completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Iowa State and later added a gifted endorsement, as well as a master’s in education. She’s taught in the Boone Public Schools, United Community, Johnston Schools and worked for the AEA in Johnston.
Niday has also taken time off during those years to raise her own two sons and work in the family’s hardware store here in Boone. She’s now coming back to education after a seven year hiatus.
“I’m a first-year teacher for the third time,” she says with anticipation.
Niday will be teaching fourth and fifth grade literacy, reading and language arts, working part-time in the mornings and remaining a familiar face at the family business.
Most of all, she’s looking forward to being a positive influence in the lives of students.
“My boys received very strong morals and values in leading Christian lives from day to day, as well as an amazing academic education at Sacred Heart,” she says.
Helping children learn is what suits her best, and Niday is thrilled to be back in the classroom again.