This annual award, presented by the Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Educational Association, was named in honor of Sister Miriam Joseph Farrell, PBVM, who served as executive secretary of the NCEA Department of Elementary Schools until 1970. Nominees are recommended by their principals and must secure letters of support from their peers. They embody the best qualities of true Catholic educators.
Janet McLoughlin Burke
St. Veronica School, Archdiocese of San Francisco
“Through nurturing, encouragement, planning assessing, reteaching, and more planning, our students grow to be the best that they can be. If we know our students and understand their abilities, we can help them to achieve more than they think they can. Set the bar high – encourage, use positive reinforcement, plan teach, nature, love and they will be motivated to achieve, to reach their potential and to be proud of who they are and what they do.”
This is how Janet McLoughlin Burke approaches her vocation to teach. her principal validated her approach: “Janet is the best master teacher on staff and unselfishly shares her time and her ideas with our younger staff members. Whether it is when she is reassuring a first grader with a motherly hug or helping a first-year teacher with that same maternal sense, Janet is truly someone who possesses the vocation of a Catholic school educator and, being blessed with a gift, has learned to return the gift so her talents multiply and return to God in the many actions of those touched by her masterfulness. I think that is the key. In thirty years, Janet has mastered the art of teaching, yet she consistently tries to innovative strategies and continues to grow.”