St Louis de Montfort Catholic School teachers receive honors


By Beth Taylor

Two teachers at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School have been recognized for excellence.

Fifth and sixth-grade math teacher Jackie Adams has been named an Indiana state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Recipients are leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

“Professionally, Jackie models collaboration with the other teachers by discussing the state standards and the school’s curriculum,” said Annette Jones, SLDM principal. “She encourages students to learn various ways to solve a problem and challenges them with critical thinking skills and activities. We are so grateful to have such a talented and dedicated teacher on our staff.”

Spanish teacher Matt Ward received the 2014 Exceptional Teaching Impact and Motivation -Student Voice Award for Outstanding Spanish Teacher that is given by the AATSP Indiana Chapter. The EXTIMO has a special value for teachers because students choose teachers who inspire them to study the language in college or oversees.

“Mr. Ward greets his students with much energy and enthusiasm each day,” Jones said. “Beginning in fifth grade, his classes are mostly conducted in Spanish, which greatly helps students with their listening, speaking and writing skills. Our students are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented Spanish teacher as they prepare for the high school Spanish curriculum.”

St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School values helping children to become global citizens.

“In first grade through fourth grade, students take Spanish class one time per week,” Jones said. “Beginning in fifth grade, the Spanish instruction gradually increases so that seventh and eighth-grade students join Mr. Ward for Spanish class daily.”

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