We are pleased to announce that Villa Madonna Academy teacher Mr. Don Shields is a recipient of the Thomas More College-Diocesan Excellence in Teaching Award. This award began last year in order to recognize teachers in the Diocesan high schools. Mr. Shields teaches in the high school and junior high, serves as Dean of Students, Athletic Director, and Varsity Girls Basketball Coach. Mr. Shields has been teaching for over 40 years, and he is enjoying his 25th year as a coach. The Diocesan Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to a distinguished teacher who exhibits many traits, including the following: •Has devoted many years of service to education; •Challenges and inspires students with his or her personal enthusiasm for learning; •Exhibits professional integrity; •Engages proactively with students, faculty members, parents, and community members; •Demonstrates effective time-management skills and instructional-planning skills while using a variety of pedagogical methods to effectively support a range of learning styles; •Devotes time and energy to his/her professional growth as well as to strengthening leadership skills; •Engages in reflective discourse with colleagues to improve instruction; and •Serves as an exemplar of honorable character. We salute Mr. Shields, and we thank him for his dedication to our students and families at Villa Madonna Academy.