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. Mary Voglmayr knows the teachers at Christ the King School very well. She is a graduate of the school, and her children are following in her footsteps. "We have an outstanding faculty," she says. "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
Mary Jane Liszewski, a teacher at Immaculate Conception School in East Aurora, recently received the late Timothy Russert's Sister Lucille Socciarelli/Father John Sturm Making a Difference Award for extraordinary dedication by the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Karen Adamski, Principal, nominated her for her dedication to Catholic Schools and their students. Both in and out of the classroom, Catholic school teachers demonstrate concern for the welfare of their students and set an example for young people to follow. Their work exemplifies our belief that teaching is not merely a career but also a calling.
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 Brain Based Learning, Using Learning Centers, 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. In regional colloquiums they are able to share classroom practices, analyze student data information and make informed decisions that will positively impact student achievement.
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."