One of La Reina’s longtime guiding lights has been math teacher Mr. Stan Hirsch, who was recognized by the Sisters of Notre Dame National Sponsorship and Network Office (NSNO) with the Father Bernard Overberg “Teacher of Teachers” Award. Mr. Hirsch has been a guiding light for students and faculty at La Reina for 47 years. This award recognizes educators in the spirit of Father Overberg, whose work profoundly impacted the educational vision and practices of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Father Overberg believed that a true education helps children develop their God-given gifts, especially the capacity to understand their world, to live responsibility in it, and, most importantly, to open their hearts to God’s love. He urged teachers to ignite the spark of learning in their students through engaging, conversational lessons that inspired them to think for themselves, to share ideas in their own words, to ask questions, to make observations, and to solve real-world problems.
A few years ago Stan shared this memory of being hired by Sr. Josanne.
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