Nominate Your Teacher for Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award

February 12, 2010

Nominations are now being accepted to honor local Catholic school teachers for their excellence in teaching and commitment to Catholic education. The Golden Apple Awards, which include a $5,000 prize along with a golden apple trophy, pin and certificate, will be presented to 10 teachers from schools in the Archdiocese of Washington at a dinner to be held on May 13.

Teachers may be nominated by their colleagues, parents and students. A committee at each school will review the nominations for that school and select an individual to represent the school in the archdiocesan-wide competition.

The award is offered in just five dioceses nationwide. It was created by the Pittsburgh-based Donahue Family Foundation whose founders, Jack and Rhodora Donahue, sent their 13 children to Catholic schools. They established the award to express their deep appreciation to Catholic school teachers for providing a quality academic and faith-filled education for their children. The other dioceses that offer the award are Pittsburgh, Youngstown (Ohio), Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) and Toledo (Ohio).

The superintendent of Catholic schools, Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Ph.D., said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and students, especially, to honor that outstanding teacher who has made their Catholic education so rewarding. Teaching in a Catholic school is a special ministry. Teachers inspire students to excel academically and personally through an environment that supports growth in Catholic faith, values and a respect for truth and learning. These are lessons that will influence and guide our students for the rest of their lives.”

Nomination forms are available through local Catholic schools or on our website. Nominations are due February 26, 2010 and should be submitted directly to the individual school.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves 29,000 students in 96 schools in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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