Pre-K Teacher Receives Excellence in Education Award

The Catholic Schools Office Honors STCPS Teacher Anne Krane

The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, with support from the Catholic Schools Foundation, announced Saint Columbkille Partnership School’s Anne Krane as one of the first recipients of the prestigious Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award. The inaugural award honors elementary and secondary school teachers’ commitment to developing saints and scholars in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Krane will receive $1,500 and be honored at a luncheon in May with Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Kathy Mears.

“I am humbled to have won this award and to be honored among so many excellent teachers,” said Krane. “I am also very proud to represent teachers of early childhood education; many are often not recognized for their tremendous hard work, patience and preparation that can make a real difference in a student’s education.”  Anne Krane has been a Pre-K teacher at Saint Columbkille Partnership School for the past three years, where her classroom is full of laughter, music and movement. She places a strong emphasis on social and emotional learning, teaching her students how to be problem solvers, how to forgive one another, and helping them to grow in confidence. Krane truly sees her work as a vocation, with the goal of helping her young learners love school so that they have the positive foundation needed for a lifetime of learning and growth.

Despite already holding a Master of Divinity degree, Krane is currently pursing a second graduate degree at the Boston College Lynch School of Education. She sets an example of lifelong learning and often serves as a resource for colleagues on matters of faith and spirituality. Outside the walls of Saint Columbkille, Krane has redirected her abilities and passions for theatre into serving others. Most of her spare time is spent teaching improv workshop in theaters, schools and prisons. She also performs weekly at Improv Asylum in Boston’s North End.

“We could not be more pleased for Anne to receive such a prestigious award,” says Dr. William Gartside, Head of School at Saint Columbkille. “Anne’s positive attitude and contagious energy are a joy in our school that we hope continue to spread for years to come.”

The Excellence in Education Award’s selection committee, comprised of teachers and principals in the Archdiocese and members of the Catholic Schools Office, received more than 115 nominations and ultimately selected 10 exemplary educators in the Archdiocese of Boston.

“This year’s award winners represent extraordinary teachers who go above and beyond every day to educate our students. They are committed to developing saints and scholars,” said Kathy Mears. “These awards shine a bright light on the incredible work happening in our schools. On behalf of the Catholic Schools Office and the Catholic Schools Foundation, we applaud the recipients for their initiative, innovation and commitment.”

Mike Reardon, Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Foundation, said, “Teachers are at the heart of Catholic education and CSF is honored to help support the Excellence Awards and recognize a few of these amazing women and men. We are grateful to share in the work that they do each day in classrooms across the Archdiocese.”