Sts. Peter and Paul Teacher honored as Educator of the Year!
Each year, the Archdiocese of Omaha hosts a dinner recognizing outstanding teachers and administrators throughout the Catholic school system. This annual celebration of Catholic education provides an opportunity to publicly recognize the dedication of individuals within the Catholic school system, to thank those who support Catholic schools, and to raise scholarship funds for low-income students to attend Catholic schools.
Among this year’s honorees at the September 17 dinner is Theresa Brennan, second-grade teacher at Sts. Peter and Paul School. Brennan uses humor to inspire a love of learning in her classroom. “ I want my students to know it is okay to be silly sometimes and to have fun in school,” said Brennan. Through humor, she helps her students deal with difficult times, and as a way to show compassion to others.
Brennan joined the faculty of Sts. Peter and Paul in 1984. She taught sixth grade for three years and third grade for 26 years. When Sts. Peter and Paul became part of the Omaha Catholic Consortium in 2013, she transitioned to teaching second grade. Brennan adapted her teaching style for students of various learning abilities, backgrounds and cultures. She also recruits adult volunteers to help in the classroom and assist students who need extra help.
“Theresa has shown that she is aware of the needs of her students, adaptable, open to new methods and ideas, and culturally sensitive,” said Craig Boro, Vice President of Sts. Peter and Paul Pastoral Council.
“I love teaching second-graders for many reasons, but being able to prepare my students for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is my favorite part of the year. I believe this is one of the most important things I can do,” she said.
Brennan has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska. She enjoys baking, reading and spending time with family and friends. Brennan also enjoys singing and shares her musical gifts with the parish community as a member of the Cornerstone Choir.
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