Mrs. Karen Adkins, fourth grade teacher at St. Mary School, earned the prestigious Golden Apple award.
This diocesan award is available to teachers across our 19 county diocese through the generosity of the Jack and Rhodora Donahue Family Foundation.
Recipients are truly the best of the best in Catholic education, as the award is limited to 7 elementary school teachers and 2 secondary school teachers each year.
Mrs. Adkins received a monetary gift, a Golden Apple with a gold cross, and was invited to a lovely banquet with Bishop Thomas.
Mrs. Adkins has dedicated her life to teaching in Catholic schools. She has served St. Mary School since 2012 and had previously worked at St. John School in Defiance.
She is a teacher minister who is excited each day to help her students grow and learn basing all that she does on the diocesan Credo:
As Catholic School Educators,
-we believe our Catholic School is not only a school, but a community of faith;
-we believe those entrusted to us are not only students, but children of God;
-we believe we are not only educators, but ministers of the Gospel;
-we believe the values we teach are not only character development, but a call to holiness;
-we believe our courses of study are not only academic pursuits, but a search for truth;
-we believe the purpose of education is not only for personal gain and the development of society, but for the transformation of the world.