NEW WASHINGTON—Susan Maloy, principal of New Washington St. Bernard, is this year’s recipient of the Great Ideas Grand Award from “Today’s Catholic Teacher” magazine of Dayton.
Mrs. Maloy’s “Great Idea” was published in the August-September 2010 issue of “Today’s Catholic Teacher.” The idea she shared was a project she completed in 2002 when she was teaching kindergarten at Crestline St. Joseph School.
She relates her idea was to ask all kindergarten parents to bring in a disposable camera at the beginning of the school year to allow her to document the activities of her students through the year.
“I wrote their child’s names on the cameras and placed them in my desk. Throughout the year, I would take the camera out and capture a picture of the students,” says Mrs. Maloy.
These included pictures of the children praying, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, laughing, sometimes crying, showing affection toward one another, listening at story time and doing other daily activities.
“These were all natural and never staged,” says Mrs. Maloy. “I don’t know how many times a parent would say to me they wished they could be a mouse during the day to observe their child. At the end of the year, I helped each child create a scrapbook for Mother’s Day. Needless to say, the mothers were thrilled.”
Mrs. Maloy, who taught at Crestline St. Joseph and Galion St. Joseph prior to becoming principal of St. Bernard last October, is to receive a plaque from “Today’s Catholic Teacher” to commemorate her selection for the award.