The Archdiocese of Washington High School Principals Association annually recognizes a Novice and Veteran teacher from each of the Catholic high schools in the diocese for their service to Catholic education. The honorees are selected by their peers and are chosen for embracing teaching as a ministry, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and demonstrating respect for the Catholic identity and charism of the school. Veteran teachers are considered for characteristics such as modelling a leadership style of respect, having a commitment to personal and professional growth, and engaging in developing students within and outside of the classroom. Novice teachers are considered for characteristics such as demonstrating a commitment to spiritual growth of the community, showing a desire for academic excellence and commitment to professional standards, and caring deeply about the well-being of students, earning respect of both students and teachers alike.
Holy Cross has selected Health and Physical Education teacher Cheryl King for Veteran Teacher and Educational Technology teacher Maria-Rose Youstra Cain ’79 as Novice Teacher.
Cheryl King joined the Holy Cross faculty in 2004. Her exceptional ability to establish a rapport with students and help them feel comfortable is one of her many great assets. Perhaps her greatest attribute is her great concern for the health and well-being of our students, which has been especially evident with our current virtual and hybrid learning environment. Since her arrival at The Academy of the Holy Cross, Mrs. King has been exemplary in all that she does and has become a wonderful role model to our newer teachers.
Maria-Rose Cain joined the Holy Cross faculty in 2018. In addition to teaching Computer Science Principles, Introduction to Computer Programming, and Multimedia Journalism, Mrs. Cain oversees our yearbook and school newspaper. She is also the Co-Moderator of the Robotics Club. With all of the responsibilities that Mrs. Cain currently has, she never hesitates to assist others whenever necessary. She is an excellent example of our motto, “Women of Courage, Compassion, and Scholarship”.