Blackwood educator nominated for state Teacher of Year

Blackwood educator nominated for state Teacher of Year

teacherofyear-webRosemarie McNally of Our Lady of Hope Regional School

BLACKWOOD — Rosemarie McNally of Our Lady of Hope Regional School has been chosen by the Catholic Schools Office to represent the Diocese of Camden in the state-wide competition for 2010 Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year.

The administration of Our Lady of Hope Regional School selected McNally for this award because of her professional and caring approach to teaching. She models Catholic values in all she does in the classroom and throughout the community.

“Mrs. McNally is the teacher that every parent wants for their children,” said Sister Paula Randow, principal of Our Lady of Hope School.

McNally has been teaching for 19 years. She has been at St. Jude’s/Our Lady of Hope for 13 years (11 of which she has taught second grade) and has initiated many programs, including the Summer Camp Program and a Feeding the Homeless Program, which she is particularly proud of. Students make lunches every Friday and on Saturday mornings during the school year, and she brings food, clothing and blankets to the homeless of Philadelphia and Camden.

Her teaching philosophy can be summed up in a quote by R. Buckminster Fuller. “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

“My daughter was thrilled to have the teacher of the year last year and I was thrilled to see the interest my daughter showed in wanting to help others. Mrs. McNally was a wonderful role model and teacher,” said Jennifer Van Es, advancement director and parent to Caitlin, a third grade student at Our Lady of Hope.

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