Our own Mrs. Pat Vernot, the third grade teacher at St. Veronica I.M.S., has been recognized by the National Catholic Education Conference (NCEA) and given the national award for teaching Catholic Identity, this year. Mrs. Vernot, a career-long Catholic school elementary teacher, is presently teaching at St. Veronica’s and preparing her the third graders for both the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.
Mrs. Vernot said that this award is “humbling, exciting and surreal”. She is amazed that she was recognized among so many dedicated, Catholic teachers throughout the country. She mentioned that throughout her teaching career, she has worked with many “good and strong” educators. Reflecting on her first day at St. Veronica’s, she states, “When I first drove in the St. Veronica’s parking lot, there was a sign ‘Beacon of Hope’ and this school has been a ‘Beacon of Hope’ in my life”. Finally, Mrs. Vernot said, “Everyday someone teaches me something, either a student or a co-worker.” With such a modest attitude and perspective, it’s no wonder St.Veronica’s has a national award winner amongst us. Mrs. Vernot will travel to the National Catholic Education Association Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio for the presentation of her award on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
Although she is a dedicated Catholic School teacher, she is also known to be a dedicated Eagles fan. The lesson Mrs. Vernot teaches all of us is that dedication and hard work can make all the difference. Bravo and Congratulations to our Mrs. Pat Vernot.