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DOWNEY – Teacher Appreciation Day on the campus of St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy was a little extra special this year, when Stonewood Center in Downey contacted the school to announce that 11th grade teacher Sarah Barriga was the mall’s Teacher Appreciation Week Award winner.
Students from St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy nominated Ms. Barriga without her knowing.
A total of 1,639 nomination forms were submitted by K-12 students to Stonewood Center, praising the qualities and attributes of these and many other dedicated individuals. Each day, a different teacher was featured, and each teacher received a $25 gift card.
“I am very surprised by this recognition and would really like to thank the students for their nominations,” said Ms. Barriga. “I am so grateful to have students who make teaching a joy because of their open hearts and minds. It is already an honor for me to be able to do what I love which is teach Theology. This recognition really reveals the appreciative nature of our students at St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy.”
Published: May 22, 2014 – Volume 13 – Issue 06