May 18, 2018

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Local Elementary School Science Program Receives Accolades



Liberty Township, OH (May 17, 2018) – This month, Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School’s (MTCES) science program received two prestigious honors. The school won the Harold C. Shaw Outstanding School Award from the Ohio Academy of Science. The Academy recognizes schools with multiple students earning a superior rating at State Science Day. Junior high science teacher Karen Geiger received the William Dahlgren Award from the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) for inspiring students in math, science, and engineering fields.

            On May 12th, 10 MTCES 7th graders participated in the State Science Fair held at The Ohio State University.  The students, Anna Foley, Carissa Gehr, Sam Gutzwiller, Kate Hagan, Madalyn Mahoney, Anne Majka, Kevin Podborny, Alexa Risk, Lauren Trusock, and Grace Wells, earned the school another Harold C. Shaw award for science excellence.  To achieve this award, a school must have at least four participants, and 80% of the participating students must receive a superior rating. This is the third year MTCES won the Shaw award, including wins in 2012 and 2014.  

            On May 14th, representatives from SAMPE presented Karen Geiger, who oversees the MTCES science fair program, with the William Dahlgren Award. Geiger’s notable years of success with the science fair coupled with her creative science labs, the diversity and depth of her curriculum, and obvious passion for the field of science qualified her as an excellent candidate.

            Mrs. Geiger said of the experience,” I am honored to receive this award from the SAMPE Foundation. I truly enjoy motivating and inspiring our students for STEM careers, and I’m grateful for my fellow staff members who work with me to provide these invaluable lessons to our students.”

            The past two years, MTCES, a 10-year recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education, has placed special emphasis on incorporating the arts into its STEM programming. The school’s commitment to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) is evident in its robust art curriculum for all students in grades K-8. Purchasing both a 3D printer and a kiln has diversified the art classroom.



MTCES is one of only three independent, private Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The School, which opened in 1998 to 20 kindergartners in the basement of a church, now serves 518 students in grades K-8 on its 25-acre campus in Liberty Township. The opening of the new academic wing in 2016 allows us to bring our mission to more who seek it. MTCES is planning a variety of activities to celebrate its 20th anniversary during the 2018-19 school year.


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