Mrs. Marilyn Stuit
St. Thomas More Catholic School, Chapel Hill
The Lewis Award Committee is pleased to announce that Mrs. Marilyn Stuit has been selected as the 2015-2016 Recipient of the Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching. Mrs. Stuit teaches Fifth Grade Language Arts and Science at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill. She is in her 30th year of teaching with the last seven years at St. Thomas More.
Beyond the classroom, Mrs. Stuit is very active in school, parish and community activities. In 2012 she was chosen to represent the Diocese at the Excellence in Teaching Conference at the University of Notre Dame.
Mrs. Stuit feels that teachers striving for excellence in Catholic schools should recognize “that we are very fortunate to be in a Catholic School. Let’s use the privilege of a God-centered environment to make a profound impact on each student we encounter.”
In the Award nomination letter for Mrs. Stuit, Dr. Michael Ashton, Principal of St. Thomas More, wrote that
“Mrs. Stuit recognizes the great opportunity we have in the Catholic schools to imbue in our children a true sense of what it means to be Christ to others. Students see Mrs. Stuit’s excitement about building service projects, they learn from her example of how to show your love for everyone through your daily words and actions, and they receive the Eucharist from her hands weekly at Mass. Perhaps the most enduring gift she has given to her children is the ability to draw from them their own passions and interest in helpings others… Students in Marilyn’s care grow from being children participating in a prescribed project, to young pre-teens initiating service and raising awareness on an issue that touches them.”
Mrs. Stuit received a Bachelor of Arts at University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Arts at University of Kansas.
The Lewis Award will be presented to Mrs. Stuit at a special Liturgy on April 20 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
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