St. Mary’s fifth grade teacher named Golden Ap­ple re­cip­i­ent

Ed­u­ca­tor is eighth awardee at school in nine years

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

Michelle Truss spent sev­eral sec­onds star­ing in sur­prise while the St. Mary’s Bryan­town Catholic School cafe­te­ria erupted into cheers at her en­try.

Then the mes­sage on the ban­ners sank in: “Con­grat­u­la­tions Michelle Truss: 2017 Golden Ap­ple Win­ner,” and Truss put her hands to her face.

“I’m just speech­less, I never would have ex­pected it,” Truss said

af­ter­ward. “My heart is go­ing a mile a minute. It’s just an amaz­ing honor. I do what I love ev­ery day, not ev­ery­one can say that, and I work with an amaz­ing fac­ulty. I’m one of the luck­i­est peo­ple.”

Ev­ery year, the Arch­dio­cese of Wash­ing­ton se­lects 10 teach­ers from the 96 Catholic schools in the district to present with its Golden Ap­ple Award.

“I never ex­pected it,” Truss said. “There are many amaz­ing teach­ers out there, and for me to be se­lected as one of the 10, I’m just in awe. I have such an amaz­ing prin­ci­pal here, and all of my col­leagues are amaz­ing.”

The Golden Ap­ple Awards were cre­ated by the non­profit Don­ahue Fam­ily Foun­da­tion to rec­og­nize ex­cel­lence in Catholic ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Arch­bishop of Wash­ing­ton’s blog.

“That award is a very spe­cial gift from the Don­ahue fam­ily, who wanted to thank all of our spe­cial Catholic school teach­ers in all of our arch­dio­cese ev­ery year,” said Wendy Anderson, as­so­ciate su­per­in­ten­dent for aca­demics and school lead­er­ship for the arch­dio­cese.

Re­cip­i­ents must be prac­tic­ing Catholics and full-time teach­ers who have com­pleted a min­i­mum of three years teach­ing at their school.

Awardees will be rec­og­nized at a spe­cial din­ner hosted by Arch­bishop Don­ald Wuerl May 4 at the Mayflower Ho­tel in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., where they will re­ceive their Golden Ap­ple Award and a check for $5,000, Anderson said.

A Wal­dorf res­i­dent, Truss is in her fifth year of teach­ing at St. Mary’s.

“We are truly blessed to have her here in our build­ing. She puts chil­dren first each and ev­ery day and pro­vides such cre­ative, ex­cit­ing lessons for them to learn,” said Prin­ci­pal Sharon Caniglia. “She is the first to vol­un­teer for any­thing in this build­ing, from bas­ket­ball to Re­lay For Life, she is truly an ex­am­ple of an ex­cel­lent teacher.”

Truss is the eighth Golden Ap­ple awardee from St. Mary’s Bryan­town in the past nine years, ac­cord­ing to Caniglia.

“There are so many good teach­ers in the world, but to have so many here is a bless­ing,” Caniglia said.

Jill Ri­son, art and in­struc­tional spe­cial­ist, wrote the letter nom­i­nat­ing Truss.

“I’m blessed to have her as my daugh­ter’s teacher for fifth grade. I nom­i­nated her be­cause she has a love of Je­sus that shows through ev­ery ac­tion that she does, and be­cause she has a love of teach­ing,” Ri­son said.

Gio Guadag­noli, 11, one of Truss’s stu­dents, said Truss al­ways keeps class­room lessons ex­cit­ing.

“She does a lot of fun ac­tiv­i­ties, she’s re­ally funny, and I think most of the stu­dents re­ally like her,” Guadag­noli said. “Mrs. Truss makes all of the stu­dents laugh.”

An­other stu­dent, Shirley Edgar­ton, 11, said Truss is kind and help­ful.

“If I didn’t un­der­stand a math prob­lem, she would help me out,” Edgar­ton said. “I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber in Mrs. Truss’s class how warm and sweet she is.”

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

St. Mary’s Bryan­town Catholic school teacher Michelle Truss is brought to the school cafe­te­ria by Vice Prin­ci­pal Jane John­son, where she was greeted by cheer­ing stu­dents con­grat­u­lat­ing her on be­ing named a 2017 Golden Ap­ple re­cip­i­ent by the Arch­dio­cese of Wash­ing­ton.

STAFF PHOTOS BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

St. Mary’s Bryan­town Catholic school teacher Michelle Truss sits for pic­tures with her stu­dents fol­low­ing a sur­prise assem­bly in which Truss was an­nounced as a 2017 Golden Ap­ple re­cip­i­ent by the Arch­dio­cese of Wash­ing­ton.

St. Mary’s Bryan­town Catholic school teacher Michelle Truss is in­tro­duced by Prin­ci­pal Sharon Caniglia dur­ing a sur­prise assem­bly in which it was an­nounced Truss was named a 2017 Golden Ap­ple re­cip­i­ent by the Arch­dio­cese of Wash­ing­ton.

St. Mary’s Bryan­town Catholic school teacher Michelle Truss is greeted by her stu­dents con­grat­u­lat­ing her on be­ing named a 2017 Golden Ap­ple re­cip­i­ent by the Arch­dio­cese of Wash­ing­ton.

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