MANCHESTER — A woman, who teaches at Saint Mary Academy in Dover, was recently named N.H. Catholic Schools Teacher of the Year.
Kara Russell wears many hats at Saint Mary Academy. She serves as music teacher, drama director, music ministry coordinator, Catholic Identity Committee Chair, and prayer service facilitator. “No job is too big or small for Russell who loves her students with as much passion and conviction as she loves her own beautiful brood of four,” according to a press release from Saint Mary Academy.
“The truly impressive thing is that when Kara commits to something, she gives 110 percent. This leads to great things for SMA students and the entire school, so when the Diocese of Manchester’s Catholic Schools Office sought nominations for its First Annual Teacher of the Year award, it is no surprise Russell rose to the top of the list,” the press release said.
In her nomination of Russell, SMA parent Molly Wade said, “Just as St. John Baptist de la Salle was a pioneer, so, too, is Kara Russell. Her vocation is not just as ‘teacher.’ Her vocation is that of ‘Catholic teacher.’ As Saint Mary Academy’s Music Teacher, Mrs. Russell does what every music teacher does — she instructs her students in song, leads them in musical worship, and introduces them to musical methods, theories and instruments. Unlike other music teachers, Mrs. Russell does far, far more than teach, lead and instruct. She watches. She listens. She reacts. She inspires.”
Russell’s dedication was one of the factors in her nomination. “Working up, over and through her scheduled hours, Russell’s classroom light can be seen from Central Avenue in Dover as she works early in the morning, late at night and through the weekends. She is not playing catch up; she is planning, preparing and envisioning ways in which to further inspire her students, colleagues and the SMA parent community in music and the Catholic faith,” the press release said.
“It takes commitment and…