Mary McElroy
McGill-Toolen Class of 2011

By Rachel Robertson, Class of 2012

As a small town girl living in Robertsdale, Mary McElroy has always dreamed of living in the big city, and now she finally has her chance. Accepted to Barnard College in New York City, Mary has certainly made McGill-Toolen proud. Her hard work and leadership are exemplified not only through a rigorous course load but through varsity soccer and multiple clubs as well. Lettering in a varsity sport her junior and senior year, Mary has learned what balancing a schedule really means. Her commute to school takes an hour, and her soccer practice and homework often grow overwhelming. She explains that taking on so many responsibilities has taught her how to discover what is important in life: school, soccer, family, and friends. Even with athletics and academics, she always makes time for a social life. She credits McT for her Catholic education that readies her to face any challenge that may arise in the future. Devoted not only to God but to school as well, Mary serves in the Ambassador Club, National Honor Society, Scholars Bowl, Hi-Q Team, and The McGillian newspaper, using her impressive intellect to give back to McGill. She eagerly accepted the challenge of five AP classes her senior year, ultimately graduating with a 4.17 weighted GPA and 32 on the ACT. Becoming a National Merit Commended Student and voted Ideal Graduate of McT, Mary became the desired student of every college; she received an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy, was accepted to the Honors Program at Boston College, and was accepted to Fordham University where she was offered the Deanís Honor Scholarship. Despite all of her options, Mary was most attracted to Barnard College, where she will attend this upcoming fall majoring in environmental biology.

Foreign Language Faculty

Amelia H. Perry
Foreign Language Department Chair
Bio: 44 years at McGill-Toolen; 44 years in education, Master Teacher
Education: B.A., University of South Alabama, M.A., University of South Alabama,
Courses: Spanish I, Spanish II
Extra Assignments: Spanish Club and Spanish National Honor Society Moderator

Virginia Hodges
Bio: 2nd year at McGill-Toolen; 30 years in education
Education: B.S. University of Alabama, Secondary Education - Spanish
Courses: Spanish II, Honors Spanish II, Honors Spanish III, AP Spanish IV
Extra Assignments: Co-Moderator of Scholars' Bowl and Hi-Q

Lucy Holmes
Bio: 14 years at McGill-Toolen; 22 years in education
Education: B.A., Auburn University
Coursework at Universite de Paris-Sorbonne
Universidad de Salamance, Espana
M.A.T. - University of Southern Mississippi Courses: Spanish I, French I,French II, Honors French II, Honors French III
Extra Assignments: Moderator French Club, French National Honor Society Moderator


T.J. Singleton
Bio: 9 years at McGill-Toolen; 12 years in education
Education: M.A. and Ph. D Philosophy, University of Oklahoma; MTS Theology, Spring Hill College
Courses: Latin I, II, and III
Extra assignments: Co-Moderator of Photography Club; Moderator Middel School Baseball, Administrative Asst. Girls Basketball, Moderator Latin National Honor Society

Clarita Stone
Bio: 14 years at McGill-Toolen; 25 years in education
Education: B.A., Spelman College, 1966; Georgia State Universtity
Courses: Spanish I
Extra assignments: African-American Club Moderator


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