As we look forward to the 25th Anniversary of the Award in 2016-2017, each month the website will highlight past recipients.
1996-1997 Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching
Then & Now:
When she received the Award Mrs. Cary was teaching at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Raleigh, where she taught from 1993 to 1998. Dr. Cary was the Superintendent of Secondary Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 2012 to 2015, after serving as a Catholic School Principal, and then the Archdiocesan Director of Instruction and Curriculum.
Dr. Cary was recently named the Superintendent of the Marple Newton School District, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
1997-1998 Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching
Then & Now:
When she received the Award Mrs. Mayfield was teaching fourth Grade at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Jacksonville. The school is now Infant of Prague Catholic School. Mrs. Mayfield and her husband, retired Marine Sergeant Major E. L. (Edward Lewis) Mayfield run a martial arts school in Jacksonville with a focus on Wounded Warriors and others with disabilities.
“I envision Catholic education as the catalyst for instilling moral and ethical excellence in all students. This dualistic approach then creates students who live in grace.”
Notable North Carolinians Who Received a Catholic School Education
Monsignor Thomas Hadden was educated in St. Monica’s Catholic School in Raleigh, North Carolina. His father was a Methodist Minister. Msgr. Hadden became Catholic in the eighth grade at St. Monica’s which began as a school for African American children in 1925. Bishop Waters chose him to study for the priesthood at the North American College in Rome. He was the first African American to attend and graduate from that college. Msgr. Hadden credited Catholic schools as making a big difference in the education of African Americans in Raleigh.
Amazing Teachers in the Diocese of Raleigh
Barbara Lamblin, a teacher at Saint John Paul II Catholic School in Southern Pines and 2014-2015 finalist for the Lewis Award, was recently recognized for being chosen to travel to Israel with a select group of Catholic educators this past summer. Click here to see the article in its entirety.