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July 18, 2018

Sister Ellen Rose Coughlin, SSJ
Superintendent of Schools

Ogdensburg – Ms. Margaret Trainor from St. Mary’s School in Canton has been named the 2018 Outstanding Margaret TrainorCatholic School Teacher for the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

Trainor has been a teacher at St. Mary’s School since 2004. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota, a masters of arts from Naropa University, Bolder, Colorado, and a masters of science in teaching, Childhood Education 1-6, from SUNY Potsdam. Her career is marked by a diverse range of professional experiences, from dance instructor to Hospice Family Services Coordinator, recreational therapist, dance/movement therapist to elementary teacher.

Trainor has worked consistently to enhance her skills through consistent professional development. Along with 14 plus continuing education classes prior to 2009, she has completed 20 hours of the Harry and Rosemary Wong classroom management training in 2015, 21 hours of Project Based Learning training in 2013 and a course with the National Endowment for the Humanities – “The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga” in the summer 2016. In addition, she has been involved in the Constructivist Conference held annually at St. Lawrence University.

Trainor has completed the Growth in Faith certification program required for Catholic school teachers and often serves as a mentor for new teachers. She is also active at the diocesan level, currently participating on the Curriculum Committee and leading discussions and small group activities during diocesan professional development days.

In nominating Trainor, Michele Myers, principal at St. Mary’s stated, “I have observed Meg’s contribution to the school’s Catholic identity through her dedication in sharing her faith values with her students. Each morning on the blackboard, Meg has a virtue listed and defined to share with the students. She is also an outstanding model of the virtues she discusses with her students.”

Trainor was honored on July 5 during a luncheon hosted by Bishop Terry R. LaValley at the bishop’s residence.

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