Golden Apple

2017 Golden Apple Recipients

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Nicole Hayes

First Grade Teacher since 2010
St. Philip the Apostle School
Camp Springs, Maryland


“I have been able to see that Miss Hayes has been consistently a very important part of our school’s mission…I have found Nicole to be someone easy to work with and dedicated to her faith and vocation as a teacher.” – Fr. Edward Hegnauer, Pastor

Feature Story on the Catholic Standard Teaching at St. Philip the Apostle School is a vocation for Golden Apple teacher

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Judith S. Horne

First Grade Teacher since 2013
St. Anthony Catholic School
Washington, DC


“Anyone who visits Ms. Horne’s first grade class is impressed by the witness of a gentle, clear, and convincing testimony to the Lord she loves (and His Church), and this is before she begins to teach with all the gifts, tools, and skills at her command! Her teaching is a sharing of fruits of her encounter with God in several years of Catholic education and service.” – Fr. Frederick Close, Pastor

Feature Story on the Catholic Standard For St. Anthony’s teacher, religion class lasts all day

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Jennifer Massey

Math and Science Teacher since 2003
Mary of Nazareth School
Darnestown, Maryland


“I have known and have observed Jennifer at our school over several years. She gives strong and ongoing witnesses of the Catholic faith to her colleagues, to her students, and to her students’ parents.”– Fr. Raymond Fecteau, Pastor

Feature Story on the Catholic Standard Mary of Nazareth science teacher sees school as a second family

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Justin McClain

Theology and Spanish Teacher since 2006
Bishop McNamara High School
Forestville, Maryland


“Mr. McClain’s exploits as a teacher are excellent. As a solid classroom teacher, his course focuses on the inculcation of Catholic doctrine. Mr. McClain demands high academic achievement from his students while serving them well pastorally and emotionally – qualities necessary for the best secondary schools theology teachers.”
– Robert Van der Waag, Ph.D., Principal

Feature Story on the Catholic Standard Bishop McNamara theology teacher is ‘in the business of making saints’

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Michelle Morning

Second Grade Teacher since 2012
Saint Michael School
Ridge, Maryland


“During my time at St. Michael’s, I have found Mrs. Morning to be an excellent teacher who is concerned with not just the academic development of her students, but with the development of the whole person.” – Fr. Peter M. Giovanoni, Pastor

Feature Story on the Catholic Standard St. Michael’s, Ridge, second grade teacher seen as ‘golden all the way’

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Graciela Marlene Aguilar-Nahas

Spanish Teacher since 2007
Our Lady of Victory School
Washington, DC


“Marlene epitomizes what Maria Montessori said was the greatest sign of success for a teacher: being able to say,‘The children are now working as if I did not exist!’ She hands them the tools they need to build, and is ever-present, supporting them, encouraging them, inspiring hope, stirring their imagination, all the while offering them a love of learning.” – Fr. David M. Fitz-Patrick, Pastor

Feature Story on the Catholic Standard Our Lady of Victory Spanish teacher seeks to build intercultural connections

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Hannah Ruckstuhl

Second Grade Teacher since 2007
Saint Mary of the Assumption School
Upper Marlboro, Maryland


“Since I arrived here as pastor in January, 2014, I have had the opportunity to observe and to work with Hannah. She is a lifetime parishioner, having attended St. Mary of the Assumption School herself. As the (school’s) second grade teacher, I have worked with her primarily in the sacramental formation of the students preparing for first confession and First Communion. She is a committed and loving teacher. I have observed her love for her students and her love for the Faith which she shares with them.” – Fr. Thomas G. LaHood, Pastor

Feature Story on the Catholic Standard Golden Apple teacher at St. Mary of the Assumption continues family tradition there

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Kenneth Scheiber

Theology and Social Studies since 2009
St. Mary’s Ryken High School
Leonardtown, Maryland


“Mr. Scheiber works tirelessly in his endeavor to teach our students about the Faith, providing them with a solid catechesis in an interactive manner. He handles himself in the classroom in both a relatable yet always professional manner.” – Fr. Scott Woods, Chaplain

Feature Story on the Catholic Standard In his theology classes, Golden Apple teacher at St. Mary’s Ryken seeks to help students pursue truth

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Elizabeth Scribner

Religion and Literature Teacher since 2005
Holy Redeemer School
College Park, Maryland


“This is also our school’s 85th anniversary. Sisters of Providence taught most of those years until just recently. Mrs. Scribner picked up and seamlessly carried on their work by her great witness to the Faith and teaching of it. She is instrumental in our parish’s clear and strong Catholic identity.” – Fr. Mark L. Smith, Pastor

Feature Story on the Catholic Standard Holy Redeemer religion teacher seeks to build foundation of faith in her students

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Michelle Truss

Fifth Grade Teacher since 2013
Saint Mary School
Bryantown, Maryland


“Mrs. Truss is a master teacher and dedicated to teaching her students…She is enthusiastic, energetic, engaging, humble, and kind. She shares her faith and spirituality with her students. She is a leader in our school and a strong advocate for Catholic education.” – Fr. Rory T. Conley, Pastor

Feature Story on the Catholic Standard St. Mary’s teacher incorporates the ‘individuality of each student’ into lessons