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SMSA Teacher Mrs. Noreen Harris Honored

Posted: 1/14/2022

SMSA Teacher Mrs. Noreen Harris Honored

Every year the Diocean Catholic School Board selects recipients for awards of distinction. This year out of over 100 teachers, one of SMSA’s very own teachers, was selected for this great honor. Please join SMSA in congratulating Mrs. Noreen Harris for being this year's St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Distinguished Elementary School Teacher Award! 

The Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Distinguished Teacher Award honors a Catholic school teacher who has promoted a school’s Catholic educational vision and who has a strong awareness of a school’s Catholic identity and mission.  The teacher is one who has demonstrated excellence in teaching skills and has a positive effect on the moral growth of students

Our school’s Mission says, “In a joyful, Catholic atmosphere, we provide students with the ingredients for success: powerful minds, prayerful hearts, and helpful hands.” Noreen has taught several grade levels here at SMSA. During the pandemic, she embodied our mission as she shifted from a long time 3rd grade teaching assignment to a 4th grade teaching assignment. During that difficult year she continued to unwaveringly instill the Catholic values and teachings in her students through fun and engaging lessons. She set the foundation and tone of moral growth for her students.

Mrs. Harris always goes above and beyond her call to duty.  She is always available to lend a hand to a colleague, student, parent, or staff member. 

Upon entering Mrs. Harris’s classroom, one will surely notice the energy and excitement with which Mrs. Harris teaches. Each day she integrates Catholic Identity into subject areas. For example, she was teaching her students about fractals in nature when she proclaimed, “How wonderful God was to give us such beautiful things in nature!”  The Catholic Faith is so much a part of Mrs. Harris that she can easily make connections to Catholic Identity in her teaching.

Mrs. Harris is a life-long learner who takes time to nurture her educational and spiritual growth. This was apparent this past year, more than ever, as she nimbly shifted to teaching remotely and learned many new ways to engage her students in technology. She seeks out and attends workshops and conferences to further her education and spirituality. Mrs. Harris is also always willing to share what she learns with others. She is a positive influence on her students and colleagues. 

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