Sr. Ann Carmel Badalamente tells that when several of her friends were entering Notre Dame after high school, she chose instead to work in the family business. She did that for three years before she, too, decided she wanted to enter the Notre Dame de Namur community. Her first esposure to the Sisters was as a student at Sacred Heart Elementary School in downtown San Jose.
After receiving her master’s degree in administration from San Jose State College, Sister taught or was principal in California, Oregon and Washington state schools. One of the most energizing assignments she received was to become a “foundation stone” for St. Thomas More School in Lynnwood, Washington. She comments, “I felt the affirmation and privilege of being entrusted with beginning this school and being named its principal. I loved the community and the children.”
Later as principal at St. Lucy’s School in Campbell, Sr. Ann interviewed Sue Grover for a teaching position. Sue remembers, “Sr. Ann and I met and I instantly liked her. Being a naïve first year teacher, I was grateful for her guidance. Her humor, kindness and willingness to help are the special gifts that I will always treasure.”
Because of Sr. Ann Carmel’s warm and friendly presence, she was asked to serve as the receptionist in the new Province Center in Belmont–a job she held for many years.
Sacred Heart Elementary, where she first met ths Sisters, closed in the ’70s. For years, she volunteered in the resurrected, Jesuit-run Sacred Heart Nativity School library with Sr. Yvonne Bondi, also an alumna. This coming full circle appealed to Sr. Ann Carmel.
She now assists the Province Development office with special projects and brightens life at the Province Center with her good sense of humor.