St. John Neumann Award
Jenny Peloquin of St. Joseph Catholic School, Ost, is the 2016 recipient of the St. John Neumann Award for distinguished teaching in a rural diocesan school. Mrs. Peloquin teaches middle school religion, English language arts, and social studies and also serves as lead teacher.
Mrs. Peloquin is distinguished most of all by her commitment to her faith. She immerses herself in the unique culture of the rural parish by her classroom environment replete with wonderful and changing liturgical displays, by leading the staff in reflections on Sunday readings, and using church websites in the course of every class. She is active in Sacred Heart Parish, Colwich, as a lector, Totus Tuus coordinator, and facilitator for New Evangelization activities.
A particular strength is her ability to integrate faith daily into all the subjects that she teaches. A lesson in geography ties the stewardship of land use to the Pope’s encyclical on the environment. A lesson in English language arts is tied to a moral principle about judging others. In her religion classes Mrs. Peloquin incorporates such activities as a faith-based culminating project, Living Stations of the Cross, and an original dramatic version of the Seven Sorrows of Mary.
Finally, Mrs. Peloquin exemplifies professional Catholic scholarship. She sits on all child study teams, IEP meetings and helps develop individual learning plans. She has always taught combination classes, mentors new teachers, demonstrates differentiated instruction, and models faith integration.
St. John Neumann was the American founder of the parochial school system in Philadelphia. He originated the 40 hours devotion in the United States and wrote the first of the famous Baltimore Catechisms.