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SJA 2nd Grade Teacher Beth Savage Received Golden Apple Award

May 10, 2019
By Jackie Terrill

Recently the Diocese of Toledo announced the 2018-2019 Golden Apple Award winners.  This year, the diocese received a record-breaking amount of nominations. We are proud to announce St. Joan of Arc’s 2nd grade teacher, Beth Savage, was one of just nine winners!
The Golden Apple Award honors outstanding teachers who are dedicated to the ministry of making Christ known, loved, and served in our Catholic schools.  Parents send in nominations and then those teachers are asked to submit an application that includes an essay, list of professional development, and work in areas of service, professionalism, and leadership.
SJA 2nd grade teacher, Beth Savage, has been teaching at St. Joan of Arc School for four years, having taught preschool and second grade.  Beth is also an adjunct professor for Lourdes University, teaching education majors in a reading diagnosis class.   She volunteers her time as a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd instructor at St. Richards.

Nominated by fellow staff members as well as parents of current/former students, Beth Savage was described as:
 "I have never met a teacher with the level of dedication that Beth demonstrates every day. Even when facing stressful or difficult days, Beth always is professional, sensitive and totally engaged with her students."- SJA faculty member
"The children in her class love to come to school and they are excited to see what they will learn."- SJA parent
"Beth Savage has become a hero not only to my daughter, but to my whole family this year."- SJA parent
"Several years ago, a blessing walked through the doors of St. Joan of Arc and we have forever been changed by her!”- SJA faculty member
Beth is known here at SJA for creating an atmosphere of love and respect where students talk through disagreements, share in the successes of others, and support those who are in need.
She encourages curiosity with an “I wonder…board” which allows students to post questions they are curious about and together as a class, begin a quest to answer.
These are a just few examples of what makes Beth a special teacher to all students and faculty members. Beth received her award on May 8th at a reception hosted by Bishop Thomas.  We congratulate her on her accomplishments and commitment to a Catholic education!