The students at the Y.A.L.E School Northfield campus were surprised to learn that their Visual Arts and Critical Thinking teacher Mrs. Anne Marie Mercado, was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Hall of Fame in 2007.
Mrs. Mercado attended Boston College on full scholarship where she played both field hockey and softball during her undergraduate and graduate years. She was the recipient of numerous awards including: Boston College Eagle of the Year 1999. Mrs. Mercado was also selected to play on the United States Field Hockey team that practiced at the Olympic Training center in California.
In February 2015, Mercado attended a special ceremony at Boston college with her family celebrating her as a former Eagle of the Year, an award given to the best male and female athlete in their class. Past recipients of the award include NFL Quarterbacks Doug Flutie and Matt Ryan.
Mrs. Mercado is an outstanding educator at the Northfield campus. When asked how her sports career assists her in teaching, she revealed three important traits that contribute to her success in the classroom:
- Teamwork in the classroom, “creates an environment where all students support one another”
- Time Management, “it’s the only way to get everything done well”
- Responsibility, “as a professional educator it is important for the students and staff to trust and count upon you on a daily basis”