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Mrs. Donna Frazelle Presented with Msgr. Lewis Teaching Award

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On Wednesday, April 28, Mrs. Donna Frazelle, a Science teacher at St. Mark Catholic School in Wilmington, was presented with the 2009-2010 Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Lewis Award is an honor designed to recognize, promote and encourage excellence in teaching in the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Raleigh. Nominations are submitted by individuals, groups, schools and parishes for classroom teachers deemed exceptionally skillful and dedicated and who possess the respect and admiration of their students, parents and colleagues.

Mrs. Frazelle has taught 6th, 7th and 8th grades at St. Mark’s for five years, and has over 10 years of teaching experience. Instrumental in initiating, organizing and facilitating development of the 6th – 8th grade athletic program at St. Mark, Mrs. Frazelle has coached girls’ volleyball, coed soccer and girls’ and boys’ basketball. Additionally she organized and planned the annual St. Mark’s Science Fair. Through her efforts, St. Mark has been initiated into the Southeastern Middle School League. Mrs. Frazelle lives in Wilmington, NC.

The award was presented after a Mass attended by the students and faculty of St. Mark’s Catholic School, and celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh. Reverend Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis was the homilist. He spoke of the role that teachers play in imitating Christ by bringing light into darkness.

Mrs. Frazelle was one of three finalists for the Award selected by the Award Committee in January. During a three-week period in February, Lewis Award Committee members made unannounced visits to each Finalist’s classroom to observe and interview the Finalist.  Three teams of two Committee members each observed the candidates at different times and different days to afford the whole Committee the best overview of the finalist.

In accepting the award, Mrs. Frazelle tearfully thanked her family, her students – “the reason I come to work every day” – and her colleagues at St. Mark’s.

The Excellence in Teaching Award includes an honorarium of $1500 to Mrs. Frazelle and $500 to St. Mark School.

Above: Mrs. Donna Frazelle and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge following presentation of the Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis Award. Left to right: Catholic Schools Superintendent Michael J. Fedewa, Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis, Mrs. Frazelle, Bishop Burbidge, Msgr Lewis Committee Chair Anne Stahel and Fr. Steven Carlson, Pastor of St. Mark Catholic Church, Wilmington.

Below: Mrs. Donna Frazelle with 8th grade science class.