Brenda Tener, the new principal at St. Philip Neri Catholic School, is a former student of the Midwest City school.
Brenda Tener doesn’t travel far each morning before memories of her school days come flooding back.
Tener, 57, pulls into the parking lot of St. Philip Neri Catholic School, and those warm recollections of yesteryear begin to surface:
She remembers being taught by nuns who wore long habits and wrote on green chalkboards.
She remembers being a kindergartner who worried, as young children do, that she would not be able to read from the big red book that first-graders had to read from when it became her turn. And she recalls being comforted when she saw her older sister, a middle-schooler, in the cafeteria.
These days, it’s back to the future for Tener, the principal of St. Philip Neri, 1107 Felix Place. Tener became the school’s leader at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. She said the post feels like coming home. “It was a God thing. I just feel like I was kind of led here,” Tener said in recent interview.
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Tener said she grew up about a half- mile from the school, and her family had moved to the area because the church had started a new school in September 1954.