01/26/18

IMS Teacher Receives 2018 NCEA Award

By IMS Staff

“Once in everyone’s life we should be touched by a teacher, who truly makes a difference, who can ignite a passion for learning, who can unlock the doors to discovery or who instills a belief in possibilities. My children are blessed with such a teacher – Mrs. Patricia Vernot.” – Millie Garcia, Proud Mother of a St. Veronica IMS Student

We are excited to share the news that, Patricia (Pat) Vernot, a third grade teacher at St. Veronica Catholic School, is a winner of the 2018 National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award. The NCEA has a longstanding tradition of honoring and recognizing excellence and distinguished service in Catholic school education and it is with great pride that we congratulate Pat on receiving this well-deserved award.

Some people do grand things and receive grand recognition; Pat does simple things that make others feel grand.  Pat, who started her Catholic school career in Kindergarten and has never looked back, embodies what it means to embrace Catholic Identity.  Always present with a smile and kind word, she has shared her faith with students, parents and colleagues.

Pat leads each member of the school community to fulfill the school’s mission, to try new things and accept change and most notably, to a deeper love of God.  During her 40 years of teaching In Catholic schools, including her 9 years at St. Veronica, she has prepared over 1,000 students for sacraments; students who have gone on to share that faith with their families and communities.

“As Catholic teachers we strive to touch our students’ lives in ways that will mold their future and help them to be good citizens and members of the community,” says Pat.  “Looking back, I hope I have touched some of their lives, but I hope they know how blessed I am for they have touched my life in immeasurable ways.  When asked if I would make the same choice if I could live my live over, I would not change a thing.” 

On behalf of all of the countless lives that Pat has surely touched through her dedication to Catholic education we say “thank you”. We are blessed to have Pat as part of the IMS family!

The Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards will be presented at the NCEA 2018 Convention & Expo (NCEA 2018) in Cincinnati, Ohio at a special awards event April 3-5.