Betty Shields, SNJM

Sister Betty Shields was born in Chicago, Illinois, the middle child of Thomas and Margaret Shields. When Betty was two years old, the family moved to Alhambra, CA where she attended All Soul’s Elementary School along with her siblings, John, Mary, Tom, and Don.

Betty attended San Gabriel Mission High School and continued her contact with the Holy Names Sisters through her Parish Sodality of All Souls. Through this contact, she experienced the humor and friendliness of the Sisters. In 1961, she entered the Congregation at Los Gatos, as one of the famous group of 40!

In the years following, she attended and received her BA degree from Holy Names University majoring in Art. She also holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with Montessori certification and training from Notre Dame in Belmont.

During her many years in ministry, Betty has had the privilege of teaching the young child in many of our Parish schools. She was the Director of Casa Maria Montessori School for many years and is currently teaching Kindergarten at St. Mary’s School in Los Gatos. Most of all, she feels she has had the honor of touching the hearts and minds of many in helping to bring about the full development of the human person.