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Mrs. Susan Goethals Selected Lewis Award Recipient

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Mrs. Susan Goethals, 9th and 12th grade Biology teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, has been selected by the Lewis Award Committee as the Recipient of the 2008-2009 Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In her more than 25 years as an educator, Mrs. Goethals has held positions of school secretary, health aide, middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal in various Catholic Schools. As her great love is for the classroom, she returned there and has been on the Cardinal Gibbons faculty for the last eight years as AP Biology teacher. Mrs. Goethals has received a number of awards and recognitions, is active in her parish and in her community.

The Award, which includes an honorarium of $1500.00 to Mrs. Goethals and $500.00 to Cardinal Gibbons High School in her honor, will be presented at a celebration Liturgy on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, as Presider.

Mrs. Goethals is the second faculty member of Cardinal Gibbons High School to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award. Since 1992, Cardinal Gibbons also has had two other faculty recognized as Finalists for the Excellence in Teaching Award; and retired principal, Brother Michel Bettigole, OSF, was presented the Lewis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Catholic Education in May 2006.

Above: Mrs. Goethals with students from Cardinal Gibbons High School