Math teacher Kathryn Krueger '99 and P.E. and personal development teacher McNevin Morris '98 were nominated by their peers as Visitation's 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year. These awards were established by the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools to recognize the devotion of veteran and novice Catholic secondary school teachers. The awards celebrate faithful service, excellence, best practices, and innovations in Catholic secondary school teaching.
An alumna of the Class of 1999 and a graduate of University of Notre Dame’s Honors Math Program in 2003, Kati Hylden Krueger was destined to return to her alma mater to teach math. Since 2009 Kati has imbued the Visitation community with her devout faith and stellar intellectual gifts. Not only has she inspired young minds in the math classroom, she has helped to revamp the curriculum to open the doors to Calculus for all students. Kati cites Visitation's approach to “meeting the developmental needs of students over four years” as key. In the classroom, she relishes “light bulb” moments when a student “takes something simple” and sees what she can do with it. She also emphasizes communication skills with students who showcase their math knowledge through interactive presentations and posting videos on YouTube.
Of equal importance to Kati as a Catholic educator is her involvement in promoting Salesian Spirituality. She served as Salesian Coordinator for Students from 2014-2017, leading the Salesian Homeroom and organizing the annual Founders’ Day. Currently she edits Loving Life, Living Jesus, a weekly blog of reflections from students, alumnae, parents, and current and past teachers.
As a faculty member for the past nine years, Kati has advanced professionally, assuming leadership of the math department in 2013 and earning a masters degree in Catholic Schools Leadership from the University of Notre Dame in 2017. Kati’s graduate work has led to the horizontal alignment of curriculum across level and the development of a “common language” among colleagues.
While McNevin Morris has been teaching at Georgetown Visitation for only three years, she first arrived on campus as a freshman in 1994. The youngest of five sisters to attend Visitation, McNevin graduated from James Madison University, majoring in Communications and playing on JMU’s Division I Lacrosse team. Passionate about the health and wellness of young women, she has pursued a career in education, serving as Visitation's Assistant Director of Admissions, Assistant Varsity Field Hockey and Varsity Lacrosse coach, and since 2015, Physical Education and Personal Development teacher. This year she assumed duties as chair of Physical Education Department.
Bringing to the classroom the same buoyant enthusiasm she demonstrated on the playing field, McNevin primes the pump for engaging and energetic lessons on the physical, mental, and social aspects of human development. She begins each class with a rousing “Trivia Question of the Day” and sustains momentum with friendly competition, like “Body Systems Bingo.”
Her fervor for fitness has inspired her after-school 14-week intensive strengthening and conditioning program called “Morris Muscle,” where athletes prepare for spring sports. She has also partnered with school nurse Heidi Greenhalgh to create “Workplace Wellness,” a program for the adult community. Above all, McNevin relishes the opportunity to offer “life lessons” to her students as they navigate the challenges of today’s world.
Awards were presented on Friday, October 26 during Mass at the Archdiocese's annual High School Principals Association Professional Development Conference at DeMatha.