As our school nurse at Lynnfield High School, Mary Homan not only provides excellent treatment for our students, but she also takes on Herculean tasks that influence and educate our community. Mary is the district-wide coordinator of nurses charged with the responsibility of planning and facilitating professional development, and ensuring compliance with statewide mandates. Mary is also the chairperson of our community-wide Wellness Committee.
Additionally, she has created many programs aimed at student awareness of issues confronting them. Under Mary’s direction, smoking statistics line the halls during National Smoke Out Day. At prom season, Mary arranges Melanoma Awareness Week, scheduling speakers and skin-testing tools teaching the dangers of tanning. She initiated the Women’s Club, taking students to the Massachusetts Conference for Women. In February she organizes the Heart Health Awareness Week, with kids and faculty wearing red. Breast Cancer Awareness Week finds faculty and students dressed in pink talking about cancer and raising money. Finally, she was instrumental in developing our concussion protocols.
In speaking with the teachers who are young mothers, and a teacher whose teenage son died last year, I learned how compassionate Mary is to faculty in need, always checking in to help ease their concerns or sadness. She takes blood pressures, too.
Mary’s day does not end at 2:30. Often, she is one of the last to leave the building. She is proactive about meeting with injured students and parents, as well as conscientious and timely in communicating with all key stakeholders to ensure a smooth student transition back to school. Regardless of the time of day, Mary Homan always has our students’ and faculty’s best interest at heart.
—Nominated Susan Carroll