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Syracuse Catholic School Office to Honor Sister Anna Mae Collins, CSJ, with the Light the Way Award
Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet Anna Mae Collins, CSJ, principal of Notre Dame High School in Utica, New York, is co-recipient of the Syracuse Diocesan Catholic Schools’ Witness to Faith Award. Sister Anna Mae shares the award with Sally Lisi, principal of Immaculate Conception School in Fayetteville, NY. Sister Anna Mae began her career in Catholic education in 1973 as a teacher at St. James School, Johnson City, NY. She has been at Notre Dame High School since 1988. The award will be presented at the seventh annual Light the Way Dinner on January 25 at the Oncenter in Syracuse.
Catholic School Office to honor six individuals at Light the Way Dinner
The Catholic Sun, December 6, 2012
by Claudia Mathis, staff writer
Sister Anna Mae has been shaping the minds of Catholic school students since 1973 when she began serving as a teacher at St. James School in Johnson City. “I’ve always been respectful of the students and open to them,” said Sister Anna Mae. She hopes that by her example, young people will in turn show respect to others.
Sister Anna Mae also taught at St. Mary’s School in Clinton from 1974 to 1980 before serving as principal at St. John the Evangelist School in New Hartford from 1981 to 1986. From 1986 to 1988, Sister Anna Mae was principal at Notre Dame Junior High, North. From 1988 to 2004, she served as assistant principal at Notre Dame Junior/Senior High School before being appointed principal of the school.
Sister Anna Mae was surprised to learn she would receive the award. “I felt overwhelmed when I learned that I had been nominated by my faculty,” she said. “I am very appreciative of the award and I feel honored.”
“Sally and Sister Anna Mae are experienced Catholic school leaders that inspire the people around them to work harder and harder each day,” commented Mominey. “This particular award is meant for people of their caliber, namely, to honor those that have distinguished themselves as dedicated, professional Catholic educators. Just ask their faculty members; both of them are revered by the teachers they lead.”
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