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Monsignor Gerald L. Lewis award finalists announced


The Lewis Award Committee is pleased to announce the following finalists for the 2016-2017 Monsignor Gerald L. Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching:


Mark DeLaRosa has taught in the diocese for 14 years. For the last 11 years, he has taught Theology at Cardinal Gibbons High School. Mr. DeLaRosa, who is a Master Catechist, believes the best way to teach about faith is in community. He strives to create a community environment where students can “experience the Lord, the Church, each other and themselves.”

Mr. DeLaRosa is a Holocaust Educator Network Facilitator Fellow, faculty mentor, Special Olympics volunteer and presenter for adult Scripture courses at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Carolyn Moser has taught 8th grade science at the Franciscan School for the past 11 years. Ms. Moser, who has 41 years of teaching experience, describes her profession as a lifelong journey. “Effective teachers must be passionate and continue to grow and develop,” she said. “Caring deeply about the children I teach and wanting to guide them to new levels of success drives me to continue to grow professionally, spiritually and personally.”

Ms. Moser holds a National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Science. She is a Kenan Fellow at NCSU and received a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan. She has presented at both the NC Science Teacher Conference and the National Middle School Conference.

Patti Wagner, a 29-year teaching veteran, has taught 2nd grade at St. Thomas More Catholic School for the past 10 years. Ms. Wagner focuses on differentiated learning in her classroom. “I believe that integrating all subjects easily lends itself to differentiated lessons, which allows every child to succeed,” she said. “It is my goal to make every child feel special and valued in my eyes and in God’s love.”

Ms. Wagner’s activities include: coordinator for middle school service projects; organizer for Walk for Africa, a hunger relief organization; presenter at the annual Diocesan Schools Conference; founder and driver for Appalachian Shoebox Christmas, which provides gifts for needy children in Appalachia; and member of the School Advisory Board.

About the award

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 selection of this year’s recipient will follow onsite classroom visitations and interviews by the committee during the month of February.