The Catholic Schools Office Honors Jane Richard 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 Jane Richard 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. Richard 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 JANE RICHARD
Richard serves as a Theology teacher at Presentation of Mary Academy in Methuen, MA. She also serves the role of campus minster for the school. Students and faculty alike describe her as someone who filters everything in her life through the lens of her Catholic faith.
Richard is charged with teaching one of the most difficult subjects: Theology of the Body. As one of her colleagues described, “In a society that embraces the culture of death by rejecting much of what the Church has to say about the sanctity of marriage, the value of life, and the dignity of the human body, Jane shines as a light in the darkness. Despite the pushback of students on the difficulties of these teachings, Jane perseveres in promoting the culture of life and does so in a way that challenges hearts and minds to take an inward look.”
Her deep commitment to her students is evidenced by the time she gives them. It is common to find Richard deep in discourse with her students before school, during her lunch, and after school. She does not shy away from having the difficult conversations and approaches each topic with sensitivity. By reaching out to parents to inform them of upcoming lessons and answering their questions, she creates a culture of confidence and trust. Richard is strict and demanding, but everything she does is rooted in love and it shows.
In her personal life, she embodies the model of Christ centered living. She attends Mass daily and has presented Theology of the Body at local parishes. Richard has been active in her prayer group for the past 24 years and is a regular participant in the Walk for Life. She is described by friends as a rock and source of constant support.
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