NCEA Honor Recognizes Excellence in Catholic Education

| April 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Cheryl Mitchell Guess earns national recognition.

Cheryl Mitchell Guess, seventh- and eighth-grade language arts, social studies and literature teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School in Mission Hills, has earned the 2012 Distinguished Teacher Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

Guess will be honored at an awards ceremony during the association’s annual convention April 11–13 in Boston, Mass.

“I believe that positive thinking and respect for diversity are essential for reaffirming one’s faith in God and self,” Guess said in describing her philosophy of Catholic education.

“Cheryl is a very enthusiastic Catholic school educator whose first priority is the welfare of her students,” said Sister Kathleen Walsh, St. Vincent de Paul principal. “Under her guidance, students achieve spectacular skills in literature and in the writing process.”

A parent who endorsed Guess’ nomination for the award said, “I have always found Cheryl to be a teacher that embraced her class as her own children. She took the time to get to know each of her students as individuals and was excellent at giving each student individual attention whenever it was necessary.”

Guess is one of 12 teachers who will receive NCEA’s top award for teachers this year.

“Our Distinguished Teacher Award winners have demonstrated exceptional ability, dedication and results as Catholic educators,” said Christian Brother Robert Bimonte, executive director of the NCEA Department of Elementary Schools. “They also have earned the high regard of the peers, students and parents they work with every day.”

NCEA, founded in 1904, is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the church. NCEA’s members include elementary schools, high schools, parish religious education programs and seminaries.

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