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“Was Odysseus [the main character in
] ethical in his hero-
ism?” Rebecca Gutherman ’14 asked her class during her recent student-
teaching assignment at Villa Maria High School. “I always ask, ‘Does the end
justify the means?”’ To Gutherman, this applies to everything in life.
Growing up in Croydon, PA with her parents and two younger sisters,
Gutherman always knew she wanted to be a teacher. When she couldn’t
wrangle her sisters to sit still long enough to “play school” then she would
resort to teaching her stuffed animals.
As an English and Secondary Education major with a minor in Theology,
there are two passions in Gutherman’s life: teaching and her faith. Her dream
job is to one day become a professor of Theology at Immaculata University. In
the short-term, she is interested in teaching in the inner city. Her student-
teaching experience was so inspiring and engaging that Gutherman can
barely wait to get started in her career.
In the four years of college, Gutherman has not been at a loss for role
models. She noted, “The first Sister I met on campus was Sister Cathy Nally,”
executive director of Mission and Ministry and Gutherman’s First-Year
Experience (FYE) mentor. She appreciates the relationships that she shares
with the IHM Sisters and understands that their lives are very rich and
The Sisters’ influence on Gutherman, who has always been outgoing and
motivated, has helped her focus her energy. As an active member of Campus
Ministry and other service organizations on campus, Gutherman feels as
if she’s been all over the world helping others through her connection to
Immaculata. Her most cherished trip was the three weeks she spent in Peru
teaching English and poetry to high school students.
Gutherman’s dedication to Immaculata, her faith, her studies, and the
larger community made her a natural to be the 2013 recipient of the Saint
Catherine Medal, one of the most prestigious honors given to a student. This
special medal is named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who represents
wisdom, fortitude, and Christian service.
Somehow parents always know their children best: in Hebrew, “Rebecca”
means “servant of God.”
L to R: Hannah Brown ’14, Gutherman, and Amanda Markie ’14, help
guide freshmen during Move-In Day.
Gutherman, with high school students in Peru, demonstrating a sign for llama.