October 7, 2009

Local Educator to Receive History Award

By Sharon Pagryzinski / Enrollment Coordinator, Bay Area Catholic Schools

BAY CITY – Monica Bannigan, a teacher at St. Stanislaus Kostka Elementary School, will be presented an American History Teachers Award, certificate and gift by the Northern Michigan Chapter of the Michigan Society, Sons of the American Revolution (MISSAR). Following MISSAR’s general meeting on October 10 in Traverse City, Bannigan will receive the chapter’s accolades and also be presented as a candidate for the 2009 national award.

A 20 year veteran at St. Stanislaus School, Bannigan has taught history for the past four years to the fifth grade students. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the mother of three. She and her husband, Pat, reside in Bay City and are very active in their parish of St. Stanislaus and in the community.

According to Joseph Conger, SAR, President NMC Chapter, “Monica Bannigan  . . . makes history come alive for her students by asking them to research, dress, write and give a dissertation on their favorite patriot in history. Not only do the children learn for themselves, but from each other.” In addition, he noted, “as an American History teacher, I believe she should be recognized for her efforts and high standards in teaching.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized for this project,” Bannigan stated. “It’s a great way to present biographies and history at the same time. Its hands on, it’s all encompassing, and the kids love it! Their costumes are amazing. This project always seems to bring out the best in the students.”

MISSAR was chartered in 1890; the NMC in 1989. Each year the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) seek to identify, recognize and commend outstanding Social Studies teachers. The national award winner will receive a trip to Freedoms Foundation Summer Teacher Graduate Workshop at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, valued at $1,400. The award will include tuition, room, and board provided through the Freedoms Foundation, plus $400 toward transportation expenses.

BACS continues the Catholic school tradition begun here in the 1850s, providing 3-year-old preschool through 12th grade faith-based, solid academic education. BACS is among Bay County’s top 50 employers and functions as one of the few Catholic school systems in Michigan. In recent years, ithas become a model for schools across the country that are seeking to shift from a parish school structure to a school system concept. BACS is spiritually and financially supported by the 13 Vicariate 4 parishes.

To learn more about BACS, log onto http://www.bacschools.org/.

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