Independence Mission Schools (IMS) teachers are in classrooms making a difference in the lives of inner-city students every day. IMS celebrated those achievements and invaluable contributions during its first IMS Teacher Impact Awards event on March 21.
Awards were presented to five teachers who were nominated by their peers, students and parents and selected based on their demonstrated ability to motivate and engage students, provide professional leadership for fellow teachers and positively impact their school community.
The honorees were Jeanne Bellwoar, eighth grade teacher at St. Cyril of Alexandria School in East Lansdowne; Annette Hanagan, Pre-K 4 teacher at St. Helena-Incarnation School, North Philadelphia; Loretta Yogis, fourth grade teacher at St. Frances Cabrini School, West Philadelphia; Donna Rodzewich, eighth grade teacher at Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Ignatius School, West Philadelphia; and Charles Pavonarius, eighth grade teacher at St. Martin of Tours School, Northeast Philadelphia.
Each outstanding teacher selected by the judging committee received a $1,000 prize and a commemorative star award.
“Research supports that a teacher is the single most important factor impacting student learning. IMS teachers positively impact the growth of all students through their ability to see the God-given potential of each one,” said Mary Elizabeth Muir, chief academic officer of Independence Mission Schools.
Help keep Catholic media free, support CatholicPhilly.com
You may have noticed “pay walls” greeting you when you visit the websites of newspapers and magazines, both large and small. These mechanisms allow you to read a few articles for free before you’ve got to pay an annual fee if you want to see more.
You won’t find a pay wall on CatholicPhilly.com because we’re more than a news organization. We’re informing, inspiring and forming readers in the Catholic faith every day through the news, features and commentaries that we post on this site and share across social media.
It costs money to provide high-quality coverage of the local Catholic communities we primarily serve, while also distributing national and world news of interest to Catholics, plus the orthodox teachings of the Catholic faith.
Help us in this mission by making a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
or by credit card: