By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented eleven educators with the Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Excellence in Teaching Award at a special ceremony in their honor on May 6 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.
Each educator was requried to demonstrate, in writing, as well as with artifact evidence that their implementation of "best practice" instruction, as desribed in the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Seconcary Schools, is consistent and pervasive in their classrooms every day.
One benchmark (7.3) describes "curriculum and instruction for 21st century learning that prepares students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to become creative, reflective, literate, critical and moral evaluators, problem solvers, decision makers, and socially responsible global citizens. Another (7.4) addresses practical use of current technology. Another relates to the engagement and motivation of all students, "addressing the diverse needs and capabilities of each student, while accommodating students with special needs as fully as possible." (7.6)
Benchmark 7.5 provides for instruction that is designed to intentioanlly address affective dimensiions of learning, and 8.3 requires that a variety of assessments, including formative, summative, authentic performance, and student self-assessment be implemented.
Superintendent Mr. George Henry observed that these eleven educators represent some of the "best of the best" of the thousands of outstanding teachers in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Each teacher received a framed certificate and a $500 stipend to be used at her discretion.
This year's Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Teachers of Excellence include:
Ms. Kate Black--St. Ambrose Catholic School, City of St. Louis
Mrs. Teresa Killian--St. Justin Martyr Catholic School, Sunset Hills
Ms. Melissa Liszewski--Sacred Heart Catholic School, Troy
Ms. Linda Morris--St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic School, City of Saint Louis
Mrs. Kathy Reid--St. Ann Catholic School, Normandy
Ms. Susan Rueter--Sacred Heart Catholic School, Valley Park
Ms. Nicole Wibbenmeyer--St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Perryville
Ms. Jennifer Young--St. Gerard Majella Catholic School, Kirkwood
SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOLS/CENTERS
Mrs. Connie Holbrook--Annunziata Catholic School, Ladue
Ms. Beth Lappe--Trinity Catholic High School, St. Louis
Ms. Mary Okenfuss--Valle Catholic High School, Ste. Genevieve