Qualified, Caring Teachers
All teachers in Catholic schools have earned the academic credentials required for effective teaching. Most have completed their masters degrees. The average number of years our teachers have been teaching in Catholic elementary schools is twelve.
While experience and credentials are essential, what really differentiates teachers in Catholic schools is their level of caring and commitment that extends far beyond the classroom. "Their dedication and motivation come from their hearts, not their paychecks."
Honored as Exceptional
Many of our teachers have been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among American Teachers or have been honored as exceptional educators by such companies and organizations as Dunlop, Target, Wal-Mart, and Disney.
Teachers are honored by a Distinguished Teacher Year of the Award sponsored by the Foundation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Each year, an outstanding teacher is honored at the Catholic school's Gala in the name of Sister Lucy Sociarelli and Father John Sturm, teachers and mentors to the late Buffalo native, Tim Russert. The teacher exemplifies the vision, dedication and sacrifice that we look for in our Catholic school teachers.
Supported by Highly Qualified Professionals
The staff at the Department of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Buffalo is a highly-qualified team of professionals who support school faculty and administrators in a variety of ways. All are focused on ensuring your child receives an exceptional education on every level - intellectual, spiritual, physical and social.
Our schools today face an array of challenges - from increasingly diverse student populations to integrating 21st Century Learning Skills and the New York State Common Core Learning Standards.
To ensure that all Diocesan educators are prepared to meet these challenges, several professional development opportunities are offered through their schools, BOCES, and/or the Dept. of Catholic Schools. New and experienced teachers attend workshops on a myriad of educational topics including the Thoughtful Classroom, Comprehension Strategies, Writing Across the Curriculum, and Differentiated Instruction. Workshops are designed to improve the quality of classroom instruction, enable teachers to grow professionally, and assist in the implementation of research-validated strategies. Our professional learning community model also provides teachers time to enhance their instructional knowledge by learning from one another.
We grow Professional Learning Communitites in our schools, allowing teachers to encourage and innovate with their peers in the school setting. Our STREAM program calls on schools to appoint a local STREAM coordinator in each school. This person works with faculty to create a milieu that is STREAM-worthey: that integrates the STREAM componets, allows for hands-on learning and directs teachers and students to explore the practical applications of what they learn in the classroom.
Diocesan Principals participate in a series of leadership seminars focused on spiritual, instructional, professional and managerial competencies. In addition, those leaders new to the Diocese participate in a two year mentoring program. Through professional development, our educational leaders are prepared to advance the mission of Catholic education: to "nurture academic excellence, Christian character and service to others... educate individuals to reach their full potential in an atmosphere rooted in Catholic tradition and Gospel values."