Teacher of the Year – Elizabeth Kearney. The recipient is both nominated and selected by the faculty and staff. As you can imagine, with such an amazing group teachers as we have here at St. Monica, the race is pretty tight. This year’s winner has taught for 10 years, the last 7 of which have been at St. Monica. She holds several degrees – a B.A., a B.S, an M.A, and is TEFL certified. Besides having all those letters behind her name, she’s really good at what she does, and what she does is just about everything. When we started the school year, she was our Dean of Students; however, when the Middle School needed her, she selflessly came back into the classroom to teach a full day of language arts while still being the Dean of Students – and a chunk of that time was done with a broken foot and on a scooter. Each year, we award a graduating 8th grade student the Good Samaritan Award, and we read comments that the nominating teachers have said about the winner.
In that same spirit and because our Teacher of the Year was the very first recipient of the Good Samaritan Award when she was a Bearcat, I want to share what her colleagues have said about her: “She is always willing to go the extra mile to help teachers and students.” “As our Dean of Students, we always know there is a safe, caring place to send students in distress.” “She has such a positive, can-do attitude.” These last comments were made by 2 current teachers who taught our TOTY: “She was always kind, respectful, compassionate, and hardworking as a student. She still maintains all of those qualities as an educator and a leader.” “From student to colleague to friend to admin……….I’m so proud of you!”