The Catholic Schools Office Honors Sister Charlene Favreau 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 Charlene Favreau, Sister of St. Joseph, 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. Sr. Favreau 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 SISTER CHARLENE FAVREAU
Serving as a first-grade teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Lowell, MA, Sister Favreau is a perfect example of a life lived in service to others. She was formerly a first-grade teacher and Mission Effectiveness Representative at Jackson School in Newton, MA. She also served as a teacher and principal at Walnut Park Montessori School and was the Director of Admissions and School Activities at the Walnut Park-Jackson School Campus.
After many years in the teaching profession, Sr. Favreau is still seeking out professional development. She participates regularly in Responsive Classroom workshops and runs her class using the Responsive Classroom Model. She creates class celebrations, such as ‘My Life’s Story’ and ‘My Ambition Day’, in which children are able to become more self-confident. Her ability to ease children’s worries with a spontaneous dance step or song is inspired. As an avid sports fan, she also took on the challenge of helping to coach the Girls’ Softball team. They won the Championship with Sister Favreau cheering them on.
Aside from the dedication she has shown to Catholic education, she is also a model for teachers, students, and parents on how to give to others. In particular, she has brought attention to the Haiti Hurricane Fund. She volunteers by teaching Zentangle classes at a program called the Women’s Table, which provides relaxation to caregivers of severely handicapped children. For the past twenty years, Sister Favreau has also devoted two weeks of her summer vacation to a camp in Framingham for the children of parents who suffer from AIDS and who have completed addiction programs.
Sister Favreau continues to be an active member of her own faith community. She has served on the Board of Sponsored Ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. At the Immaculate Conception Parish, she serves as both a lector and Eucharistic Minister. As noted by a friend and colleague, “Sister Charlene is a warm, caring, affirming, positive, enthusiastic, and generous person whose life and values have an impact on her colleagues, her students and the parents she serves.”
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