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Cardinal Gibbons Teacher Receives 2011-2012 Msgr. Lewis Award

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Mrs. Joan Troy, a math and choral teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, has been named the winner of the 2011-2012 Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching. The announcement was made by the Lewis Award Committee on March 8, 2012.

Mrs. Troy has been teaching at Cardinal Gibbons for 15 of her 26 years as an educator. High school Principal Jason D. Curtis said Mrs. Troy has had a significant impact in the school community. During her tenure, she has served as chair of the Math Department, encouraged students to start a musical theater club and played a major role in the growth of the school’s spiritual life program.

A graduate of Greensboro College with a B.S. in mathematics and a M.Ed. in mathematics from Campbell University, Mrs. Troy has been recognized as a Distinguished Educator and Mentor by the NCSU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and as a Woodrow Wilson Master Teacher by Princeton University.

Mrs. Troy learned of the honor on March 9, when her husband, Bob, and a group of students joined Principal Curtis in telling her the news. Her husband presented her with a bouquet of balloons. “This is the biggest honor anyone can receive,” she said. “This is my home. This is what I love to do.”

Jason D. Curtis, Principal of Cardinal Gibbons, said, “Joan’s passion for teaching and her creativity in the classroom are evident, even when teaching two such apparently different subjects: math and chorus. Part of her success is certainly due to both talent and hard work, but I believe that the magic in her teaching is her remarkable commitment to each individual student.”

Jerry Zinn, a Gibbons senior, spoke of Mrs. Troy’s “enthusiasm for her subjects and her genuine care for us as students.”

Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Diocesan Superintendent Catholic Formation and Education, extended “profound congratulations” to Mrs. Troy on receiving this prestigious award.  “She is a wonderful representative of Cardinal Gibbons High School and the teaching profession in the Diocese of Raleigh,” he said. 

Mrs. Troy was one of three finalists for the Award selected by the Award Committee in January. The finalists included Mrs. Christine Hatcher, 7th and 8th Grade Language Arts, Religion and Social Studies teacher at St. Patrick School in Fayetteville, and Mrs. Cheryl Stevens, 5th Grade teacher for 11 years at The Franciscan School in Raleigh.

The Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award was initiated in 1992 to honor outstanding educators in the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Raleigh and to recognize, promote and encourage teaching excellence. The Excellence in Teaching Award honors superlative classroom teachers, grades K-12, who have illustrated strong commitment to their students, colleagues and schools and to their family, church and civic communities. The Award is presented on an annual basis and carries a monetary award to the Recipient and to the Recipient’s school.

Above: Mrs. Joan Troy with a bouquet of balloons presented by her husband at announcement that she is the 2011-2012 recipient of the Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis Excellence in Teaching Award.

Below: Mrs. Troy with students celebrating her recognition.