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Mildred Speranza Award for Teachers in Catholic Settings

Congratulations to Abigael Morales!

Abigail Morales ’16, a student in the Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction program, has been named as the recipient of the Mildred Speranza Award for Teachers in Catholic Settings.

Morales, who teaches 6th grade at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Monticello, Iowa, found out about the University ‘s graduate program through Facebook and learned of the award after speaking with admission representatives during an online information session.

“I loved that the school was founded on Catholic principles and continues to place a strong emphasis on social justice,” she says. “I am so excited to start this journey to grow professionally as a reflective educator so that I can continue to increase my students’ learning in meaningful ways.”

Mildred Speranza Award for Teachers in Catholic Settings

Through the generosity of alumna Mildred Speranza, St. Kate’s will offer a $200 per credit stipend (off of $475) to a Catholic school teacher completing the Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction or our New Technology Integration program.

Mildred Speranza graduated from St. Kate’s in 1939 with a degree in French and went on to receive law degrees from the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell. She was President of Produce Exchange Bank from 1960-1980. This family bank helped Italian immigrants in the early 20th century secure funding to buy homes and start businesses in Minnesota. She was one of the first women bank presidents. She attributed her own success, in part, to the strong education she received in Catholic schools. One arm of her generous and ongoing legacy of community building is to support teachers who work in Catholic settings.

Attend an online information session to learn more about this wonderful opportunity.

St Paul, MN Produce Exchange Bank painted sign

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