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Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School
Named One of the Best Schools in the Nation
Liberty Township, OH (October 1, 2018) – With tremendous pride and excitement, Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (MTCES) announces that it has been named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, made the official announcement today. MTCES is one among 300 public and 49 non-public schools to receive the honor. In her announcement, DeVos stated: We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.
National Blue Ribbon Schools are on education’s cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices from professional learning communities and project-based learning to social and emotional learning and positive behavior systems. After achieving scores in the top 15 percent in the nation in reading (or English language arts) and mathematics as measured by a nationally normed test, Mother Teresa staff and board members, led by junior high teacher Amanda Ocariz, completed an extensive application process, and were then nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) to the Department of Education.
MTCES is now recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School and is among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by nationally normed tests. The coveted Blue Ribbon award affirms the hard work of MTCES educators, families, and community members who have created a safe and welcoming school where students master challenging and engaging content. “While MTCES has had many notable achievements in its short existence, the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Award is recognition of tireless effort from faculty, staff, students, and parents since the beginning,” said MTCES Board Chairperson Brian James. “Not bad for an independent school that just two decades ago consisted of only twenty kindergartners and a teacher in a church basement! On behalf of the MTCES Board of Trustees both past and present, congratulations and a sincere thank you to those groups for all you have done to make it happen.”
Sr. Anne Schulz, who has led MTCES as principal for its 20 years, will represent MTCES at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., where she will hear from Secretary DeVos and other esteemed educators, share best practices, and celebrate the accomplishment. “What an honor for the MTCES family!,” said Sr. Anne. “It takes a whole village to raise a child, and it takes a whole community to have a successful school. MTCES has worked so hard to keep its standards high and earn the Blue Ribbon Award.”
As MTCES continues to grow, the school will promote academic excellence and its mission to nurture the growth of every student--spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially. The School is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It opened in 1998 to 20 kindergartners in the basement of a church, and now serves 535 students in grades K-8 on its 25-acre campus in Liberty Township.
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