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Jerry Krush named St. Joseph School Teacher of Year

Jenny Krush, center, receives the Knights of Columbus Teacher of the Year award. Saint Joseph School Principal Maggie Dates, left, and Assistant Principal Janine Paetow join her for the photo.
Jenny Krush, center, receives the Knights of Columbus Teacher of the Year award. Saint Joseph School Principal Maggie Dates, left, and Assistant Principal Janine Paetow join her for the photo. (Tom Foster)

Jenny Krush was named the 2021 St. Joseph School Teacher of the Year by the Knights of Columbus Father O’Neill Council. The award recognizes outstanding local teachers for their dedication to their students and school.

Mrs. Krush is the reading specialist at St. Joseph School (SJS) in Cockeysville, where she has the opportunity to work with students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

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During the awards ceremony, Jenny was noted to be the embodiment of this year’s theme of the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic School: “Be a Light for All to See.” She was described as exemplifying this saying every day and as acting as a beacon for others with her positive attitude, strong work ethic and joy in helping others.

Mrs. Krush had been at SJS for the past three years and comes from a family of teachers, including her father and sister. She said: “I truly enjoy teaching children and I feel fortunate to be able to work with students of all ages at our school. My favorite part of teaching reading and my students is watching their confidence grow and the success they are achieving in their academics.”

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She also co-chairs the school’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Committee and the Running Club.

Since she works with students of all ages as the reading specialist, Mrs. Krush also expressed her gratitude for her co-workers “for allowing me to help in their classrooms and allowing us to work together to benefit our students. SJS teachers are a very special group and I am lucky to be part of this staff.”

In light of the fact that SJS has in-person instruction this school year and has not yet missed an in-house day of learning, Mrs. Krush went on to say, “All teachers deserve to be teachers of the year this year. The commitment I see from all our teachers this year is unmatched. It wouldn’t be possible without their support and welcoming attitudes.”

Dulaney musicians recognized

Students at Dulaney High School continue to make music, despite not being physically in the school building, and several have been recognized as All-State musicians.

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Sponsored by the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA), students undergo a rigorous audition process and were evaluated remotely this year by more than 100 educators statewide to become a member of one of eight select ensembles.

John Kallaur was named to the senior choir, while Erica Wang and Steven Ying were both recognized on the clarinet as a part of the senior band.

Four students were named to the senior orchestra: Mark Kuznik, Erica Lee and Kathy Yao, all on the violin, and Rebecca Ruggles on the double bass. Violinist earned junior orchestra honors, and Libby Tunison was named to the junior band on the trumpet.

Normally, students would gather in the spring for a weekend of rehearsals and a concert, but sadly, there will not be any ensemble performances this year. All-State musicians will be honored virtually and will be eligible to audition for All-National Honor ensembles. Congratulations to all the musicians.

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