Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C., principal, is pleased to announce that Sharon Beard was chosen to receive the 2019 Friends of Catholic Education Excellence in Teaching Award for Mother Seton School (MSS). Beard has been an educator for thirty-four years, serving thirty of those years in Catholic education, specifically. For the past five years, Beard has taught fourth and fifth grade at MSS. She was selected as this year’s recipient in recognition of her dedication and willingness to go above and beyond for her students and the school. Most recently, she helped the school to acquire a grant for a Makerspace program, where children are given a variety of digital and “old-school” tools and resources to express their creativity.
Beard holds a Master’s degree in elementary education and has taught grades from pre-K through fifth grade. She also has a degree in music, has served as acting principal, has led accreditation efforts, including serving as chairperson, and was a lead teacher in the Middle States accreditation efforts. She has also served as a mentor to interns and student teachers helping to instill best practices and offering support to new professionals entering the field.
Pictured from left are Bill Milani, president of Friends of Catholic Education Board of Trustees; Sister Joan Corcoran, Mother Seton School mission integration coordinator; Sharon Beard, MSS Teacher of the Year; and Michelle Corr, executive director of FOCE.