Archdiocese Honors Catholic Elementary School Teachers of the Year

May 16, 2007

Sr. Joette Ebert, OSF of St. Francis de Sales School in northeast Washington, DC has been named Catholic Elementary School Teacher of the Year by the Archdiocese of Washington. She was selected from more than 1,600 Catholic school teachers, and received the honor at a ceremony held May 16 at the Archdiocese’s headquarters in Hyattsville, Maryland. Also recognized were Regional Teachers of the Year for Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties and Southern Maryland.

Sr. Joette is a 26-year veteran educator who teaches middle school language arts and religion. She was honored for her commitment to seeing the potential in each child, encouraging her students to recognize each other’s gifts, and fostering community and self-esteem. She calls upon her students to live out the words of St. Francis de Sales, “Be who you are, and be that well,” and motivates them to live out their faith and to perform at their best academically and socially.

The regional teachers of the year are:

Montgomery County: Christie Ann Short, third-grade teacher at St. Patrick School, Rockville, was honored for her implementation of best practices in the classroom, her willingness to go the extra mile to help her students learn and her commitment to living out Catholic identity and service in her life and in the school. She fosters a spirit of charity by having her students to perform monthly service projects.

Prince George’s County: James Boomershine, fifth-grade teacher at St. Ambrose School, Cheverly, draws on 20 years of experience to bring learning to life in his classroom. Whether engaging students in a simulation of a space shuttle launch or the creation of a play about racial equality, he makes learning accessible to all of his students. His nomination read, “He models the mission of Catholic education in making all children able to succeed to the best of their ability…We appreciate Jim for his wisdom…gentle spirit and…dedication to the well-being of his students.”

Southern Maryland: Maxine Lloyd, school science lab coordinator and religion teacher for kindergarten and grade 8 at Father Andrew White, S.J. School, Leonardtown, is a 25-year veteran who remains enthusiastic about teaching. She was recognized for her commitment to making a difference in the lives of her students, whether teaching about religion, finding the perfect experiments to engage the students or participating in school service projects.

Each elementary school principal selects a Teacher of the Year who best exemplifies formation of Catholic Christian character in students, excellence in teaching, Christian values, commitment to Catholic education, evidence of increasing professional standards, effectiveness in working with students and parents, and going the extra mile as a faculty member. A selection committee of the Elementary School Principals Association then chooses regional and Archdiocesan-wide winners from this group. Winners receive certificates and cash awards.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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