Ten Local Teachers to be honored with Excellence in Teaching Award

April 22, 2013

Ten teachers from Catholic schools around the Archdiocese of Washington will be honored next month for their excellence in teaching and commitment to Catholic education at the fifth annual Golden Apple Awards dinner. The teachers were nominated by their colleagues, students and school parents. The award recipients receive a $5,000 prize along with a golden apple, pin and certificate.

The awards were announced by surprising the teachers at their respective schools. Students, fellow teachers, administrators and even some parents were on hand as representatives from the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington came to the schools to personally inform them that they had been selected.

The Golden Apple Award was created by the Pittsburgh-based Donahue Family Foundation whose founders, Jack and Rhodora Donahue, sent their 13 children to Catholic schools. Eager to express their deep appreciation to Catholic school teachers, the award was created to honor teachers for providing a quality academic and faith-filled education.

The awards will be presented by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington and Greg Dolan, grandson of Jack and Rhodora Donahue, will emcee the evening’s festivities.

2012-2013 Golden Apple Award Recipients

Martha Brach
Holy Cross Catholic School, Garrett Park, MD

Petrina Coyle
Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle Catholic School, Lanham, MD

David Floyd
St. Mary of the Mills Catholic School, Laurel, MD

Christin Gaston
Father Andrew White Catholic School, Leonardtown, MD

Philip McQuilkin
Saint Michael Catholic School, Ridge, MD

Mary Margaret O’Brien
St. Joseph Regional Catholic School, Beltsville, MD

Theresa M. Taylor
St. John Catholic School, Hollywood, MD

Andrew Turner
Gonzaga College High School, Washington, D.C.

Vicki Vanni
St. Mary Catholic School, Bryantown, MD

Sabrina Worrell
St. Peter Catholic School, Olney, MD

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 97 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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