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Teachers Nominated for National Award

February 23, 2021
By Melissa Cary

Our Lady Queen of Peace School was ecstatic to learn that not one - but two - of their teachers had been nominated this year for a National Education Award through Catholic Financial Life.  


Carly Cooper, K4 teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, was nominated by a parent of one of her current students.  Her nomination letter said in part, “To say that she was born to do this job would be an understatement.  Miss Cooper has an incredible way of connecting with the littlest learners, helping them to feel both heard and understood.  Her positive energy is palpable from the moment you set foot in the classroom (or, more recently, her Google classroom)!  Whether in person or virtually, Miss Cooper consistently keeps her students engaged — they realize the importance of being a good person, a kind friend, and respectful of all.  Students gain an immense amount of confidence both in their learning and in themselves.”  


Courtney Leuzinger, 1st Grade teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, was also nominated by a parent of one of her current students.  “My greatest reward is most definitely my students.  I love watching their ah-ha moments” says Leuzinger.  Mary Jo Vitale, principal at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, echoes praise about her.  “I noticed right away she had a passion for learning and teaching.  She is passionate about meeting the needs of each student, and understanding that what works for one student, doesn't always work for another. Her faith guides her belief that a classroom needs to be a balance of faith and friendship.”  


The national contest run by Catholic Financial Life, occurred during Catholic Schools Week.  Both teachers finished in the top 10 in the Nation and were humbled by the outpouring of love and support shown by the Queen of Peace Parish and School Community!