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Susan Goethals Honored with 2009 Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis Award

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Susan Goethals, Science teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School was presented the 2009 Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis Excellence in Teaching Award during a ceremony at the school on April 22.

Mrs. Goethals teaches 9th and 12th grade Biology. In her twenty-five years as an educator, Mrs. Goethals has held administration and faculty positions in middle and high schools; and she has served on the Cardinal Gibbons faculty for the last seven years. This year Mrs. Goethals has been mentor to a first year teacher who happens to have been a student in her middle school science lab. Mrs. Goethals has received a number of awards and recognitions, is active in her parish and in her community.

Four banners were hung with comments from students expressing gratitude for her guidance. One read, “Thank you for helping me, inspiring me and loving me.” Another read, “I have developed a true love for biology and want to major in bio in college.” And another, “When I was scared of dissections, you were understanding and kind.”

The award, an engraved silver plate, was presented to Ms. Goethals by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Msgr. Lewis and Anne Stahel, Chair of the Lewis Award. Ms. Goethels also received a $1,500 check and Cardinal Gibbons High School received a $500 check for being home to the award winner.

Since 1992, the Lewis Award has been presented annually to one teacher in the Diocese of Raleigh to recognize, promote and encourage excellent in teaching. The Award is named in honor of Monsignor Lewis, a priest, pastor and administrator who has served the Diocese of Raleigh for over four decades.

Above: Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis, Cardinal Gibbons Principal Jason Curtis, Anne Stahel, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Susan Goethals, Jim Goethals, and Fr. Scott McCue.

Below: Cardinal Gibbons High School student body at celebration of Mass and ceremony honoring Susan Goethals as the 2009 Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis Excellence in Teaching recipient.