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MAED student receives Mildred Speranza Award

Abigail Morales ’16 teaches 6th grade at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Monticello, Iowa.
Abigail Morales ’16 teaches 6th grade at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Monticello, Iowa.
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Abigail Morales ’16, a student in the Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction program, has been named as the recipient of the Mildred Speranza Award for Teachers in Catholic Settings.

Morales, who teaches 6th grade at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Monticello, Iowa, found out about the University ‘s graduate program through Facebook and learned of the award after speaking with admission representatives during an online information session.

“I loved that the school was founded on Catholic principles and continues to place a strong emphasis on social justice," she says. "I am so excited to start this journey to grow professionally as a reflective educator so that I can continue to increase my students’ learning in meaningful ways.”

Through the generosity of Mildred Speranza ’39, St. Catherine University offers a $200 per credit stipend to a Catholic schoolteacher completing the Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction program. Recipients of the award are evaluated on their clarity of writing, alignment with St. Catherine University’s mission and their goals for graduate school. 

More about Mildred Speranza

Speranza graduated from St. Kate’s with a degree in French and went on to receive law degrees from the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell. She was President of Produce Exchange Bank from 1960-1980. This family bank helped Italian immigrants in the early 20th century secure funding to buy homes and start businesses in Minnesota. She was one of the first women bank presidents. Speranza attributed her own success, in part, to the strong education she received in Catholic schools. One arm of her generous and ongoing legacy of community building is to support teachers who work in Catholic settings.

Sep. 17, 2014 by Ashley de los Reyes '15

See also: Catholic Identity, Education, Leadership, Social Justice, Students