The Catholic Schools Office Honors Michael Clancy 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 Michael Clancy 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. Clancy 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 MICHAEL CLANCY
For eight years, Michael Clancy has served as a Social Studies Teacher at Boston College High School. Prior to his work at the school, he served as a teacher in Los Angeles and North Carolina. His personal educational philosophy is to inspire all students, regardless of their backgrounds, to learn.
Apart from his academic duties, Clancy has taken on many responsibilities at BC High over the years. He has coached track and football, moderated Students for Soldiers and Students for Bipartisanship, and chaperoned international student service trips. Clancy is also a model of what it means to be a faith-filled educator. He has been a leader on student retreats and begins each class with St. Ignatius’ Prayer for Generosity.
Clancy is a reflective educator who is committed to professional development. He has participated in Gilder Leherman workshops, Advanced Placement workshops, and National Endowment for the Humanities workshops. Clancy’s desire to ensure his teaching is reaching all students prompted him to seek out workshops on gender equity. He has also been proactive in keeping up with technological advances and integrating this knowledge effectively into his classroom.
Perhaps his most inspiring role at BC High is that of lead teacher for the Madden Scholars Program. This program serves incoming freshman who have been identified as needing additional support in their transition to high school. Students are given six extra weeks of class time in the summer prior to their ninth and tenth grade year. Clancy brings snacks to meetings, plans field trips, provides the students with advice on basic skills such as taking notes and studying for tests, and gives homework help. As stated by his principal Stephen Hughes, “Perhaps the best description of Michael’s excellence is a simple one. When asked for feedback about him, every person says simply, ‘What a good man.’ And he is. And an excellent teacher.”
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