Enjoy reading the transcript of this interview with Mrs. Hildenbrand, a former LC graduate and beloved English teacher and Department head. You'll find that Mrs. Hildenbrand loves Lansdale Catholic and after reading this interview, you'll understand why!
Interview with Mrs. Hildenbrand
Conducted by Rosemary DeCree, Crusader News Staff Writer
How Long have you been at LC?
What is your favorite subject to teach?
English, though I like history and I’ve taught history I love English
What is your favorite memory at LC?
Oh, I’ve been here so many years, I have so many memories, and you have to remember, I went here.
What is your favorite thing about LC?
I think it’s the spirit of the students and the camaraderie of the faculty. It’s a family atmosphere
Are there any differences at LC since when you’ve started?
O yeah, there are a lot of differences. When I first came here, I came here in 1967 we had nuns here. There were hardly any lay teachers, there was another lay woman and I we were the first women who were here that were not nuns. A lot of the nuns that I worked with were my teachers.
Where did you go to college?
I have a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University and I have a Masters from Temple.
What did you major in?
They are both in secondary English education
What is your favorite movie?
Gone with the Wind
What is your favorite book?
I used to read Gone With the Wind every year. My other favorite is Persuasion by Jane Austen. I love Jane Austen.
What is your favorite place to visit?
Cape May, New Jersey. I have a home there!
When did you decide that you wanted to teach?
I was in high school and I decided I wanted to teach. The only question was what subject I wanted to teach and I actually started out as a Chemistry Major. I only spent one semester as a Chemistry Major. I didn’t really care for it and I switched to English.
Have you taught at any other places?
I’ve taught in a lot of places. I’ve worked for Upper Perk High School, Perk Valley. I worked at North Penn and Norristown. I spent 25 years at Bucks County Community College at night and I’ve been to a lot of places.
Thank you for your time Mrs. Hildenbrand!