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Lewis Award for Teaching Excellence to Be Presented April 25

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On Wednesday, April 25, the 2011-2012 Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching will be presented to Mrs. Joan Troy, a math and choral teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh. The presentation will take place at a 9 a.m. Mass at Cardinal Gibbons.

The Lewis Award Committee announced Mrs. Troy as the winner on March 9, 2012. She 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.

Mr. Curtis 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.”

Mrs. Troy will be featured in the cover story of the May 2012 NC Catholics Magazine.

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.