A Catholic school teacher in Chaska is one of 12 from across the country to be honored by a leading educational association. Amy Gallus, of Guardian Angels School in Chaska, is among those receiving the 2009 Distinguished Teacher Award from the Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).
Gallus, 39, of Norwood Young America, has been at Guardian Angels since 2001 and has been teaching middle school since 1994. While teaching full time, she completed her master's and education specialist's degrees at the University of St. Thomas.
Robert Bimonte, executive director of the NCEA's Department of Elementary School, said that Gallus and the other honorees represent "the very best of Catholic education. Their commitment to academic excellence and dedication to young people are the reasons parents choose Catholic schools."
On April 14 in Anaheim, Calif., the honored teachers will attend a banquet to open the annual NCEA convention. In 2003, the NCEA gave a similar honor to Guardian Angels' principal, Nancy Ronhovde.
The 104-year-old NCEA bills itself as the world's largest private professional educational association, representing more than 150,000 educators who serve 2 million-plus students in Catholic education at all levels. StarTribune