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In Memoriam: Passing of Mr. Mike Harrison

SHARE YOUR TRIBUTES: While our current situation is preventing us from gathering together in one place to collectively mourn the passing of our beloved Mr. Mike Harrison, we would like to provide an opportunity for you to share your personal tributes. We have created a submission form as a way for you to share your thoughts, prayers, and remembrances. Simply complete the form by clicking here. Submissions will be included in a tribute on our website. Together, let us celebrate the amazing person Mr. Harrison was and the enormous impact he had on all of us. Thank you and God Bless All Stanners.

Archbishop Molloy High School is deeply saddened to share the passing of Mr. Mike Harrison on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Mr. Harrison was a beloved teacher at Molloy for 33 years.

Mr. Harrison began his teaching career at St. Luke’s Elementary School in Whitestone in 1982 and joined Molloy’s social studies department in 1987. During his career he taught many courses including Global Studies, AP European History, AP Psychology, Business Law, Economics, and International Law. He taught with great passion while relating history to current events that affect students’ lives today. “If the students see you’re into it, and you love it, they will too,” he once said.

Mr. Harrison also loved teaching real world skills, which made his Personal Finance Management course one of his favorites. In a 2011 interview, Mr. Harrison explained that one of his goals was to “educate students on what really matters in their lives, sometimes breaking away from the testing element to identify what life skills the kids are most in need of.” He taught the importance of voting, being a good citizen, and being active in one’s community.

Mr. Harrison’s passion for history may have been matched by his love for chess. He moderated Molloy’s Chess Club for decades including during the current school year. He also moderated Molloy’s Chess Team and loved the competitive nature of the game. Over the years Mr. Harrison moderated other extracurricular activities including the Strategy Games Club, the Student Activities Committee, and the Environmental Club.

In September 2016, Mr. Harrison organized a reunion of chess alumni during which his former players recognized his love of the game and dedication to Molloy’s Chess Club with a commemorative plaque.

Molloy’s Principal, Dr. Darius Penikas, shared the following statement: “Mike was a passionate and extremely dedicated teacher, chairperson, moderator, and member of our community. From teaching social studies, finance, and business to moderating a variety of clubs, he cared deeply about teaching his students the knowledge and skills necessary to make their lives better in a host of ways. Students loved his energetic style and enthusiasm for teaching. They also appreciated his humor and quick wit. He made a positive impact on thousands of students and will be greatly missed and deeply mourned by the entire Molloy community. Please join me in praying for Mike and his family. May God Bless Mike and his family and may the Angels lead him to paradise.”

Please join us in prayer for Mr. Harrison, that he may rest in the peace of God’s kingdom. We pray for Mr. Harrison’s family, colleagues, current and past students, that they may find comfort in the love and many wonderful memories shared with Mr. Harrison throughout his life.

We ask that our community continue to respect the privacy of the Harrison family during this difficult time. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

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