“In appreciation of the past, in preparation for the future.”
Mission, Goals and Events
Imagine, if you can, making a conscious decision to accept a salary from your employer that is less than you know you are worth. What would prompt you to do so? In the case of our teachers, at least one answer is a strong dedication to teaching in an environment that espouses Catholic values. Our teachers believe that St. John of the Cross Catholic School is the type of environment in which they can have the greatest impact upon the greatest number of children. Whatever their reasons, each of these individuals has made a great personal sacrifice to teach at St. John of the Cross Parish School. We strive to bridge the gap in the disparity that exists between salaries of our teachers and those in the surrounding school districts.
In 1989, a group of school parents established the SJC Teacher Recognition Trust to enhance the Archdiocese-mandated salaries our teachers receive. The Trust Fund strives to provide a monetary inducement to attract quality teachers and to show our appreciation for our teachers’ dedication and commitment to our children’s education.
Through 2007, the SJC Teacher Recognition Trust has exceeded one million dollars in gifts to the SJC faculty.
In addition, the fund provides an opportunity for our teachers to participate in Continuing Professional Education programs.
The annual teacher awards are an independent organizational gift, not part of the compensation package already provided for the school faculty and staff. The gift amount is fluid from year to year, based on the Fund’s performance.
Rev. David Dowdle