Brien McMahon teacher Molly Kelly has a unique connection to McMahon. From 2000 to 2002, Kelly was a student here. “When I went here it was still the old building, so it was not nearly as nice. [It had] leaks and it was kind of getting too small, but they were planning to rebuild.” Brien McMahon went through a drastic renovation in 2003 to build the curved building that holds CGS, the science and language classes and eventually finish renovating the original building.
McMahon has always had many fun events, teams and clubs. When Kelly attended McMahon, “There was a lot of school spirit when I went here, the sports teams were really really good so pep rallies were really huge and it was a huge thing to make sure you had McMahon gear. There was a lot of school spirit and camaraderie around the athletes.” Kelly heavily participated in rowing (a sport outside of McMahon) with other Senators and ran indoor track during the winter.
On Climate Day, McMahon held a pep rally in the gym. “When we did the pep rally inside on Climate Day and Mr. Hurwitz said this is the first one we've done [in the gym] in 14 years that's where they did them when I was in school so it reminded me a lot of it.”
When she was a student here, Mr. Hurwitz was her freshman year homeroom teacher and and honors sophomore English teacher. Mr. Kane and Mr. Annunziato were also there. When asked if it is ever weird to be working with your teachers she responded, “Yes and no; I think it's been long enough and it was weird the first time I walked in to work, but I think because it's a different building it really kind of lessened that effect.”
Kelly talked about how small the space was, “The cafeteria was … getting too small so they kind of knocked down a wall in this hallway so when you were going to classes you would … cut through the cafeteria- which is now the library and media center [there were still posts] to get from the art section back over to the other hallways so that was kind of bizarre.”
Kelly believes that there is an advantage of growing up similar to students. She went through Norwalk Public Schools and attended both McMahon and Norwalk High. But, she says “Don't hold it against me. I'm all McMahon now.”