Teacher at St. Francis Solanus School one of five finalists for Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

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Lydia Spillman | Photo courtesy of St. Francis Solanus School

QUINCY — Lydia Spillman, a teacher at St. Francis Solanus School, is one of five finalists in the Springfield Diocese for the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award.

In a press release, St. Francis principal Julie Radel said, “Though Lydia Spillman has only been teaching at St. Francis Solanus School for two years, she has made a tremendous impact on her sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade student’s Catholic faith formation. Lydia is a peaceful, quiet, loving, Christ-seeking and devoted teacher. Her fellow teachers and her students enjoy working with her.”

Elizabeth Ann Seton was a Catholic religious sister and an educator. She is known as a founder of the country’s parochial school system and established the first Catholic girls’ school in the nation in Emmitsburg, Md. 

The Office for Catholic Schools and Office for Communications for the Diocese of Springfield, organizers of the award, received nearly 100 nominations from all across the diocese from principals, teachers, parents, priests, previous students and current students this year.

Nominations were reviewed by the Office for Catholic Education who then narrowed the list to five finalists. Catholic Times will reveal the winner of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award in its May 28 edition.

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