Cristina Priddy Receives St. Andre Bessette Award
Cristina Priddy, religion, math and social studies teacher at St. Peter Catholic School, received the St. Andre Bessette Award at the All Schools Mass on Friday, February 3, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Security. The award, presented by Unified Catholic Schools Superintendent Holly Goodwin and Bishop Michael Sheridan, is presented annually to a teacher who has demonstrated drive and dedication to his or her new profession.
The nomination, submitted by St. Peter Principal Sheila Whalen, describes the enormous impact Priddy has on her middle school students, and “parents have shared not only how much their children are learning about the faith, but also how much they enjoy being in her classroom.”
In just her first year, Priddy realized teaching was a great fit. “I can’t imagine a better place to begin my teaching career. I’m so grateful for the small class sizes and the freedom I have to know and connect with each student. I love the ‘ah-ha’ moments in math and social studies and seeing my students cultivate their relationship with God.”
When Priddy’s name was announced, she says, “I was humbled and surprised to receive the award. When the students gave me a standing ovation, I felt overwhelming support and love. I’ve had a desire to be a teacher since I was very young,” she continued. “I’m a military brat who married an Air Force officer -- I’ve moved many, many times in my life. I’m so happy that my life situation has finally given me the opportunity to take a formal teaching position.”
Mrs. Cristina Priddy and her 7th and 8th grade math students