1996 graduate recognized as outstanding educator

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association will present the Notre Dame Outstanding Educator Award to Joy Michnowicz Anderson, a 1996 graduate, at this year’s Excellence in Teaching conference Friday to Sunday (Oct. 17 to 19) on campus.

For the past 10 years, Anderson has been a member of the faculty at Saint Francis High School, a Holy Cross school, in Mountain View, Calif., where she teaches English, serves as chair for the English department and coaches swimming. She also works with outreach students who have limited educational opportunities and support at home.

Anderson wrote and developed a curriculum for a “resource lab” to provide outreach students with one class period to catch up with the rest of the student body and practice the skills necessary for success in life and learning. Because of her dedication and commitment to these students, she received Saint Francis’ Holy Cross Educator Award.

Before joining the faculty at Saint Francis, Anderson received her master’s degree from the University of Portland in 1998. She then spent two years in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) teaching program in Birmingham, Ala.

During her time at Notre Dame, Anderson served as captain of the women’s swim team and received the Knute Rockne Award for her leadership.

The Outstanding Educator Award is given annually to a Notre Dame graduate who has been active in classroom teaching for at least five years. Award winners are not only outstanding teachers, but also serve as models in competency and character to students and colleagues.

The Excellence in Teaching conference welcomes K-12 teachers and administrators from public, Catholic and private schools nationwide. It provides educators with practical applications and inspiration to take back to their schools and classrooms.

Originally published by Angela Sienko at newsinfo.nd.edu on October 17, 2008.