The Catholic Schools Office Honors Beverly Ekstrom as a 2018 Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award Recipient
BRAINTREE, MA (April 2018) - The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, with support from the Catholic Schools Foundation, is excited to announce Beverly Ekstrom as one of the first recipients of the prestigious Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award. This annual award honors elementary and secondary school teachers’ commitment to developing saints and scholars in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Ekstrom will receive $1,500 and be honored at a luncheon in May with Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Kathy Mears.
ABOUT BEVERLY EKSTROM
Beverly Ekstrom is a 31-year veteran of the Spanish Department and alumna of Archbishop Williams High in Braintree, MA. Prior to joining the school, she served for 11 years at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, MA.
Ekstrom is a highly dedicated teacher who places her students above everything else. Making herself available for tutoring before and after school, creating engaging lessons, and developing extracurricular activities that incorporate embedded learning, she has set up a model for success in foreign language acquisition. Every year she has students who are awarded for excellence on the National Spanish Exam. Also, many former students have gone on to become Spanish teachers themselves.
As the Chair of the Foreign Language Department, she has created many opportunities for her students. Ekstrom has led them on trips to Europe, supported Spanish homestays, and started the school’s chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society. She brings Spanish language to life during Latin America Days and Mardi Gras. Always cognizant of her school’s mission and the traditions of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, she incorporates faith and learning by having services for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Lourdes.
In the words of one of her students, “Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Ekstrom reaches out to her students and embodies the ‘family school’ community that we are a part of here. She gets to know all of her students and will frequently ask me how my parents are and how my other classes are going…I believe that great teachers are the ones that you can easily make a connection with and Mrs. Ekstrom is surely an example of that.”
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