Annually over the last eight years, the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma has honored the Catechists and Educators of our Archdiocese who represent the best within our Parish Religious Education/Formation Departments and Catholic Schools. The Award is named the Archbishop Paul S. Coakley Catholic School Educator of the Year Award and the Archbishop Paul S. Coakley Religious Educator of the Year Award. This is not meant to be a popularity contest but rather the criteria are to honor educators who exhibit qualities, skills and leadership that have made a difference in the lives of others in their Parish or Catholic School. The Award Winners must exemplify the Catholic Education mission statement of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City: “The development of the whole person of the student, spiritually, intellectually, personally, socially and physically.”
One Award will be given to a Catholic School teacher as the Catholic School Educator of the Year and one Award will be given to a Religious Education/Formation Catechists as Religious Educator of the Year. At least two Finalists will also be recognized. The School or Parish of each Award Winner will receive a $5000 Grant for a specific project or projects in honor of the Award Winner. Each Award Winner will receive a $500 personal award and Finalists will also receive a $500 personal award. No paid staff is eligible for an Award for Religious Educator of the Year. Funds will be available for a Reception for the Award Winner at their School (for Catholic Schools Educator of the Year) and Parish (for Religious Educator of the Year).
Nominators must submit a nomination form by the required due date each year. Nominators are limited to the single nomination form and no more than one additional 8-1/2 x 11 page in making their nominations. Additional letters of recommendation are not allowed. The finalists chosen will be required to participate in a phone interview with the Selection Committee, from which a Winner will be selected. The Winner and Finalists will be presented with their awards at the Catholic Schools Teachers In-Service Day (for Catholic School Educator of the Year Award) and at the Catechetical Congress (for Religious Educator of the Year Award.).
Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma7501 NW Expressway Oklahoma City, OK 73132 • 405-721-4115 • email@example.com