Archdiocese Honors Catholic Elementary School Teachers of the Year

May 19, 2005

In recognition of excellence in teaching, the Archdiocese of Washington will honor its Catholic Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Jan Crocker of Holy Redeemer School in Kensington, MD as well as regional Teachers of the Year:

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Archdiocese of Washington Pastoral Center
5001 Eastern Avenue, Hyattsville, MD

Mrs. Crocker, who also was selected as the Montgomery County Teacher of the Year, is a kindergarten teacher and assistant principal at Holy Redeemer, where she has worked 28 years. The principal of Holy Redeemer, Harriann Walker, said Crocker “is a master teacher … encouraging each child to reach his or her highest potential, while respecting individual learning rates, learning styles and developmental needs.”

She was selected as Teacher of the Year from among over 1,600 full- and part-time elementary school teachers. The regional winners are

District of Columbia: Arvinder Johri, grade 6-8 language arts teacher at Holy Redeemer School coauthored Teaching Beyond the Standards (2005) and through her classes provides students with multiple opportunities for learning, including journal entries, literature circles and peer reviews.
Prince George’s County: Kathleen McGinnis, grade 8 religion and history teacher and social studies department chair at St. Pius X School, Bowie, has taught at the school seven years. Her classes have included guest speakers, student debates and reenactments, such as “Pickett’s Charge” at Gettysburg.
Southern Maryland: Betty Lynn Armsworthy, grade 4 teacher, who has taught at Father Andrew White, S.J. School for over 25 years, also leads the school community in music at school Masses, prayer services, daily morning prayers and parish sacramental programs.

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.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves nearly 33,500 students in 115 elementary, secondary, special schools, and early learning centers in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Jennifer Reed
Asst. Dir. of Communications, Schools
[email protected]