Moonis named St. Joseph School's Teacher of the Year [Cockeysville]

St. Joseph School of Cockeysville is rightfully proud of its faculty and students, but they are especially proud of one teacher and her recent recognition. Georgia Moonis was named Teacher of the Year by the Father O'Neill Council 4011 Knights of Columbus.

In a ceremony and celebration earlier this month, Moonis was recognized for her service to the school and the students. After obtaining her degree in Elementary Education from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., she moved to Baltimore and began teaching at St. Joseph in 1972.

Mary Noppinger, Moonis' former pupil and former graduate of St. Joseph's, is now also teaching at St. Joseph and their story was recently showcased in the Catholic Review. Congratulations to Moonis and her wonderful continuing legacy at St. Joseph.

The students at St. Joseph celebrated the 100th day of school with a community service twist.

In addition to incorporating "100" into lessons, activities and snacks, the school's Student Council coordinated a nonperishable food drive, encouraging each of the 17 homerooms in the kindergarten-through-8th-grade school to collect at least 100 canned goods to be donated to the Franciscan Center and Little Sisters of the Poor.

When the final count was tallied, students had collected 2,013 items schoolwide. In addition, St. Joseph kindergarten students also collected more than 100 pet supplies to be donated to Defenders of Animal Rights, as well as school supplies for children in need.

Isabel Blevins, faculty moderator of St. Joseph School Student Council, said, "The idea for the collection came from the students themselves. I'm always amazed to see the amount of joy they receive simply from giving to others."

The Maryland Art Education Association selected a watercolor by Cockeysville Middle School eighth-grader Claire Podles to be displayed in the Maryland State House as part of an annual student exhibit.

The exhibit runs through April 8 during the 2013 Maryland General Assembly legislative session. The artwork can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis.

Claire is in the Gifted and Talented Art program at Cockeysville Middle. Denise Webster, seventh-grade art teacher, said, "Claire is a gifted artist." Congratulations, Claire!

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