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Here’s Why Calvert Catholic Schools Shines

June 7, 2022

At Calvert, we know all of our teachers are amazing. So it’s not a surprise when they receive accolades from students, parents, or even the public. Recently, one of our teachers and former student, Mary Claire Griffin, received the Golden Apple award. The Golden Apple award is given to “individuals who have dedicated their lives to Catholic education,” and awarded by the Diocese of  Toledo.

We thought this was an exciting recognition for our current 4th grade teacher, but it’s really representative of how amazing all of our teachers and staff are. 

As a homegrown product of our schools, Griffin has a unique perspective as a student, a parent of students, and now, a teacher.

“I’m a graduate of Calvert. I went through the whole system, from Kindergarten through to High School graduation. So did my five siblings. Both of my parents are graduates of Calvert as well,” says Griffin. “After graduating from the University of Dayton and when my husband and I moved back to Tiffin, it was a natural fit to have my own classroom in the school once my son entered Kindergarten here.”

Griffin believes Calvert offers students a place to thrive. The staff care about the children as if they are family. 

“The community aspect of Calvert is very special here. We’re a family. And we really live our faith in this school,” says Griffin. “The environment is very positive. The teachers not only know the names of every child in their own classroom, but in the other classrooms, too. Every child feels loved, accepted and special.”

Griffin is particularly proud of the school’s academics.

“Academically, we are always growing and evolving – even over the eight years I’ve worked here. Our administrators are remarkable. They are always thinking six steps ahead to make our program academically rigorous and competitive,” she says. “Our STEAM program is amazing. Our STEAM teacher holds a degree in STEAM, which is really amazing. Our music teacher has toured with Travis Tritt, so he’s not only talented, but is amazing with the kids. Our art program progresses beautifully from Kindergarten through 12th grade.”

The small nature of the school also gives teachers and administrators more flexibility to create new programs, address challenges, and meet students’ needs.

“Every teacher is pushed to tailor programs to the students’ various educational needs, whether that’s a child with special needs or a gifted student,” says Griffin. “Because of our size, we’re able to do that.”

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