Sra. Beatriz Jimenez is the winner of the 2018 prestigious Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was presented the award at St. Francis Church by Bishop Luis Zarama during a special Mass.  Sra. Jiménez has 43 years of teaching experience and has taught Grades K-4 Spanish at TFS for the past 5 years. Sra. Jiménez describes education
“as the foundation (that) provides the how and why that gives life understanding and purpose. It guides our actions and attitudes. It is the key to knowledge, virtues and values. It opens the mind and reaches the heart. For those reasons I have dedicated my life to teach in an understandable, enjoyable and memorable manner that will inspire students to positive service for the greater glory of God”.

Sra. Jiménez initiated and developed a challenging K-4 Spanish immersion program; authored a book used at Belen Jesuit High School in Miami, FL to teach Spanish; volunteers at Hope Reins of Raleigh helping rescued horses rescue children that are undergoing severe life crisis to find hope and healing through Christ.

About the Lewis Award:  The Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award was initiated in 1992 to honor outstanding educators in the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Raleigh and to recognize, promote and encourage teaching excellence.
The Excellence in Teaching Award honors superlative classroom teachers, grades K-12, who have illustrated strong commitment to their students, colleagues and schools and to their family, church and civic communities. The Recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award is an exceptionally skillful, dedicated full-time teacher. The Excellence in Teaching Award is presented on an annual basis and carries a monetary award to the Recipient and to the Recipient’s school.

The Recipient of the Award was selected following February onsite classroom visitations and interviews by the Lewis Award Committee.

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