Benedictine Academy Honors Faculty During Catholic Schools Week

Faculty members at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth were honored during National Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 31-Feb. 5). Students presented gifts of appreciation and Principal Kenneth Jennings thanked teachers during an early morning assembly on February 4 “for making a difference” in the lives of the students at the all-female Catholic college prep high school. Faculty members are shown standing to applause and cheers as they entered the auditorium for the “Teacher Appreciation Day” ceremonies. Science teacher Eliseo Garcia commented that it is “the feeling of unity” at the Academy and the fact that “everyone is easily accepted,” that keeps him there. Garcia, who has been in the classroom for 47 years, stated, “I love teaching the kids here.”

Students (background), along with Sister Germaine Fritz, OSB (far right) join in prayer to bless faculty members (center) at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth on “Teacher Appreciation Day”, held February 4. Part of a “National Catholic Schools Week” celebration, faculty members at the all-female Catholic college prep high school were thanked by students and administrators for helping students to grow academically, spiritually and emotionally. Art teacher Zulma Santiago, on staff at the Academy since 2001, remarked that “it has been a very positive experience in a positive environment. I feel blessed and secure in a place in which I can talk about and express my faith.”

Chelsea Odufo (center) a junior at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, offers a hug of gratitude to French teacher Euliette Michel during “Teacher Appreciation Day” at the all-female Catholic college prep high school in Elizabeth. Students presented gifts to each of the faculty and spoke words of praise for their daily efforts, during a school assembly on February 4. Michel was specifically thanked for making French classes “dynamic” and “a great learning experience”. Principal Kenneth Jennings (with microphone, wearing a football jersey for the school’s annual “Souper Bowl” canned soup collection day), told the faculty that the blessings they bring to the Academy’s students are beyond measure, materially or by any other worldly standard.

Photos courtesy of Benedictine Academy

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