Principal, Teachers in DC Catholic Schools Honored for Excellence

May 14, 2003

A principal and several teachers from Archdiocese of Washington’s Center City Consortium of schools, a group of 11 Catholic elementary schools in financially challenged neighborhoods, will be surprised and honored with certificates and cash awards for outstanding work in their schools and communities at a special celebration:

Thursday, May 22, 2003
4:00 p.m.
St. Francis Hall
Quincy and 14th Streets, NE, Washington, DC

Hundreds of teachers will be present to congratulate the winners as they are announced for the first time. Four teachers and one principal will receive Griffin Awards – including $5,000 for the principal and $2,500 for teachers – for their contributions to the mission, development and work of the Consortium schools and communities. To be eligible, teachers must have at least five years experience in a Consortium school and the recommendation of his or her principal. The principal is nominated by his or her peers.

In addition, several teachers will receive the Outstanding Teacher Award, which includes a $100 gift certificate, or be honored with a small gift and a certificate for their implementation of Open Court Reading and Saxon Mathematics programs.

Through partnerships with business leaders, the Center City Consortium brings extra resources, unique educational programs geared to students’ particular needs, expanded professional development and much-needed building renovations to Catholic schools in need in our nation’s capital. The Consortium’s 2,000 students are 65 percent non-Catholic; 50 percent are from families living at or below poverty level; 70 percent are from single-parent households and 99 percent are non-White.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
[email protected]