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Center for Catholic Education

Ohio Catholic School Educator of the Year:

Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) Award

Any full time, licensed teacher who has served a minimum of five years in an Ohio Catholic School. 

  • The nominee models discipleship inside and outside the classroom.
  • The nominee creates a classroom environment where Catholic Social Teaching is practiced and lived especially in regard to equity and inclusion.
  • The nominee demonstrates innovative teaching practices.
  • The nominee integrates Catholic teaching and practices into their lessons.
  • The nominee is an excellent teacher who creates a positive and respectful learning environment, shows enthusiasm for their subject matter using a variety of teaching strategies to address a variety of learners, engages the students in critical thinking and inspires students to learn more.
  • The nominator may also include information on the nominee's involvement in other co-curricular activities.
  • The nominator may also include information on the nominee's contribution to the larger community.

Any parent, teacher, student, former student or administrator can nominate a teacher.

Complete the nomination form below by November 1, 2024. 

You must provide at least two brief reference quotes from other teachers, principals, parents, current or former students in support of the nominee. Full letters of reference are not needed and should not be included.

The teacher will receive $1,000 along with a plaque and the opportunity to be recognized at a banquet held at the University of Dayton in the spring of 2025.

All nominations must be received by November 1, 2024.

Nomination forms will be reviewed by a committee and the winner will be publicly announced on February 1, 2025. The awardee and those who did not win will be notified prior to February 1 and the nomination form will be shared with them without the nominators name so they can know how much they are appreciated.

Lumen Fidei: Ohio Catholic School Educator of the Year Nomination Form

Please complete all fields.

The criteria of "invite young people to a relationship with Jesus Christ or deepen an existing relationship with Jesus" comes from the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS)

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