Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Teaching Children? All You Need Is Love

Mrs. Heather Johns was named Teacher of the Year by American Legion Lithuanian Post #154

Trinity School is proud to announce that on September 15th, 2017, second grade teacher, Mrs. Heather Johns, was named Teacher of the Year by American Legion Lithuanian Post #154.  Mrs. Johns was nominated by her great uncle, John Maskavich, who serves as the Post chaplain.  Along with her award Mrs. Johns received a cash award and a coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.

At the age of fifteen Mrs. Johns discovered how much she loved working with children.  She realized that when children are taught well they can teach each other.  Following her high school career, this nugget of truth inspired Mrs. Johns to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies with a focus in education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Mrs. Heather Johns receiving the Julie Award Last Year 

Mrs. Johns was hired as a second grade teacher at Trinity School in 2005. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Johns serves Trinity students by preparing them for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  She is the Social Science program coordinator.  Her dedication to teaching and professional development was recognized by her Trinity peers when she received The Saint Julie Award, Trinity’s most prestigious teaching award.

Trinity is sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, whose foundress, St. Julie Billiart directed the teachers of her schools to “Teach the children what they need for life.”  In the classroom setting, when Mrs. Johns hears a child say to her, “I understand,” she knows that she is following in the tradition of the Sisters and the mission of Trinity.

In the words of Mrs. Margie Martinez, Trinity Primary School Head:  “Congratulations to Mrs. Johns!  During her years here at Trinity Mrs. Johns has grown to become a confident, seasoned educator.  She is sincerely committed to student success, and strives daily to shape each child to become their best self.  Mrs. Johns is a wonderful teacher, who makes learning fun for the children and is most deserving of this award.”

Mrs. Johns is married and the mom of two wonderful children.  In the little spare time allowed to her, she is an avid runner, a healthy food enthusiast, a crime novel aficionado, a beach lover and Beatles fan. Trinity is truly blessed to have Mrs. Johns on the Primary teaching team.  We would all like to say, “Congratulations, Mrs. Johns, for sharing your faith, wisdom and love with your students, their parents, your Trinity peers and the entire Trinity family.”

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