As Catholic Schools Week comes to a close, we’d like to give some well-deserved recognition to our school. First and foremost, we’d like to honor the winner of this year’s Christ the Teacher Award (formerly the Light of Learning Award), 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Kate Helm. This award is always an honor, but especially in a year like this one, where teaching is even more challenging than usual. Congratulations, Kate. You deserve it!
We are so blessed at Christ the King to have many outstanding teachers (and instructional aides, administrators and support staff, as well). I think it’s especially appropriate this year to give these teachers some extra recognition. The COVID pandemic has certainly affected everyone, but it’s hard to overstate how much it’s affected our teachers. Teachers have had to change so many things about how they do their job, from how they seat their students, to how they interact with their students, to the assignments and activities that they plan for their students. If you add in the fact that our teachers are teaching in-class and eLearning students at the same time, you can get an idea of what a challenge this has been.
I am so proud of how our teachers have risen to the challenge. While I know we’re all anxious to get back to a “normal” school year, the dedication and professionalism of our faculty has really shone brightly. These adaptations have taken a lot of creativity and a lot of extra hours of work, but our teachers have gone above and beyond countless times this year to make our school as healthy and normal an environment as possible for our kids. I know that the extra blood, sweat and tears that they’ve put into their work this year will pay dividends for our kids, not just this year, but for years to come.
So please join me in thanking our teachers and praying for their work. The work of educating our children in the faith is every bit as critical this year as it’s ever been, so we are so blessed to have such dedicated men and women who have dedicated their lives to forming our children in the image and likeness of Christ.