Margaret (Peggy) Ehrensperger
Peggy began her teaching career at West Babylon High School in 1973, after graduating from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She started in the Physical Education Department. Three years later, she obtained her master’s degree and accepted a position teaching Health Education. She was also part of team teaching in the Humanities Program offered at the high school. Thirty-seven years is a long time to spend in one school district, but Peggy could never have been happier to begin and end her career in West Babylon.
Through the earlier years, Peggy coached field hockey, volleyball, and basketball, and met many wonderful students and young athletes. Many opportunities were extended to female athletes during that period, due to the inception of Title IX. It was a time of change and a time of reevaluation, which opened up many avenues for both young men and young women.
One of the most challenging undertakings of her career was serving as Advisor to Blue and Gold. This theatrical event raised at least $10,000 per year in scholarship money. Although highly competitive and often controversial, Blue and Gold taught responsibility, self-respect, and was all-inclusive. It also offered a unique opportunity to learn about different cultures and time periods in history in an entertaining context.
Under Peggy’s advisement, Leaders’ Club served as a platform to launch many volunteer programs. She taught students to be civic minded and to think globally. The liaison that was established between the West Babylon High School and the Christa House was evidence of how a community can help the dying poor.
Any student who played a part in the International Milk Project, Haiti Relief, the World AIDS Day theatrical production, the Breast Cancer Walk, AIDS Walk, or March of Dimes, will remember what it means to step outside of oneself and help others.
To sum it up, here’s what Peggy said to her students: “It is important to do well, but it is more important to do good.”