Archdiocese Announces Catholic Elementary School Teachers of the Year

May 24, 2004

In recognition of excellence in teaching, the Archdiocese of Washington has named its Catholic Elementary School Teacher of the Year, as well as regional Teachers of the Year for the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and Southern Maryland.

The Catholic Elementary School Teacher of the Year for the Archdiocese and for the District of Columbia is Charles T. Hennessy, grades 6-8 math and computer teacher at Holy Trinity School, Georgetown, where he has worked 25 years. He was selected as Teacher of the Year from among more than 1,700 full- and part-time elementary school teachers. The principal of Holy Trinity, Ann Marie Crowley, said Hennessey is known among his colleagues as “the epitome of what a great teacher should be in every aspect of his life.”

The other winners are

Montgomery County: George T. George, grades 6-8 social studies teacher, assistant principal and director of extended care at Our Lady of Sorrows School, Takoma Park. He also started a mentor club for boys in grades 5-8 which includes fellowship and participation in volunteer programs.
Prince George’s County: Laurie Maier, grades 6-8 math and science teacher at St. Mary School, Landover Hills, whose science classes have studied the Mars probe and who teaches “with a sense of wonder that is contagious.”
Southern Maryland: Joan T. Stevens, grade 4 religion and grade 8 math teacher at St. John School, Hollywood, whose devotion to her faith comes through in all her work and whose teaching techniques are “rich and varied…allowing many opportunities for creative expression.”

In addition, most of the Catholic elementary schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington named a Teacher of the Year for their school. The teachers were nominated by their principals for teaching in a manner that fosters the God-given talents and gifts of every student, seeking to transform students by encouraging a response to the Gospel call for peace and justice, modeling a leadership style of respect for all members of the school community, manifesting a desire for academic excellence and assuming responsibility for development of “the whole student.” Teacher of the Year winners from each elementary school and region received certificates and cash awards.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves 31,000 students in 109 PreK, elementary, secondary and special schools in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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