On Friday, Jan. 7, Huntington Catholic School (HCS) attended an all-school liturgy service at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, during which several awards such as spirit awards and birthday club book awards were handed out.
One other special award, known as the Christ the Teacher Award, was also handed out.
Every year, each Catholic school in the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese chooses one teacher to receive this award. There are several qualifications that teachers must meet to be considered, including:
• Must be skilled in many areas of their chosen field.
• Must be a Christian role model.
• Must be a motivator of students.
• Must be involved in events or activities within the community.
• Must be knowledgeable of their subject matter.
• Must have the ability to relate to students, parents and staff.
HCS Principal Derek Boone stated that “our selection was based on input from staff, students and parents” and that there were two teachers chosen for the award this year.
“The two chosen for this year’s award live all of the criteria and much more,” Boone stated. “These teachers encourage students to do their personal best, follow Christ and yet have fun in the process while also establishing positive learning environments.
“These teachers continue to do new and exciting activities within the classroom to keep the students engaged. These teachers are actively involved with the school in many capacities, the church and the community and have touched the lives of many students at HCS. These teachers have the ability to develop a positive relationship with fellow teachers, parents and students. They are true professionals and great role models for their students.”
The teachers honored with the Christ the Teacher Award were kindergarten teacher Mrs. Julie Ramp and fourth grade teacher Mrs. Jackie Thomas. They were each given a small token of appreciation.