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Alumna Recognized for Exemplary Work in Education

Alumna Recognized for Exemplary Work in EducationCongratulations to Katherine Bobby ’01, who was recently recognized for her exemplary work in education. Bobby, who teaches third grade at Eagle View Elementary School in Somerset, received a Milken Educator Award and a gift of $25,000 for her work in the classroom.

The Milken Award was created to empower and celebrate outstanding educators throughout the nation. This year, Bobby was one of 40 educators across the country to earn the award and the only one in Pennsylvania.

Bobby credits Bishop Carroll as a major factor in her success. “I was definitely a recipient of a top-notch academic education as a student at Bishop Carroll,” she says, “the rigor of the classes and the high expectations set forth by most of my teachers at BC gave me a leg up on my peers whenever I reached college. Miss Mary Parrish and Madame Ursula Pawlowski are particular standouts in my mind... I was instantly drawn in by the curriculum set forth by Miss Parrish during my freshman English class. She kept us on our toes, and I emerged a stronger, more confident student. Madame Pawlowski, my French teacher, will always be remembered as a compassionate, welcoming educator, who along with passion for her subject matter always made me feel like she cared for the students as much as she cared about their grades.”

After graduating from BC, Bobby decided to study education. Bobby says that education was a “natural choice,” as she enjoyed spending time with children and felt that the job would play to her strengths.

After graduating from college, Bobby worked as a teacher at Saint Michael's School in Loretto for two “terrific” years. Eventually, however, she decided to apply for a job at the Somerset Area School District, which was nearer to the district where her husband teaches. She was hired as a special education teacher and reading interventionist at Eagle View Elementary, and is still there after eleven years, although she now teaches third grade.

Outside of the classroom, Bobby serves on the District Planning Team, which aims to improve community outreach initiatives, to increase family involvement in education and to streamline instructional and assessment practices for maximum impact. Of her work on the team, Bobby says “It has been a lot of work, and I have poured in countless hours in these ‘beyond the school day’ initiatives and programs. As a district, we are experiencing great success in these areas, and my goal for the future is to capitalize on this hard-fought growth.” She adds, “I have been so fortunate to work under an administration who encourages me to create and implement programs to meet the varied academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of the 500 or so students in my building each year.”

When asked about her future plans as a winner of the Milken Award, Bobby says “Honestly, I have no idea what the coming years hold for me. Right now, I am still working full-time as a third grade teacher with the added responsibilities of our District Planning Team. I am also the proud mother to Lennon (age 9), Van (age 6) and Rosalita (age 5), so that keeps my calendar—and heart—quite full. Eventually, I think I would like to move from the classroom towards a full-time community outreach position for a school district. The needs of my students are not exclusive to Somerset, and I am sure that other districts or communities would benefit from the vision that I am currently helping to carry out at Eagle View Elementary.”

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