Educator receives national award

Mary Beth Bowling

Mary Beth Bowling, assistant superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville, is being honored with the 2020 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

She will be recognized at the NCEA convention April 12 in Baltimore, Md. The award “honors and recognizes excellent and distinguished service and achievement in Catholic school education,” according to a news release from the Catholic Schools office.

Leisa Schulz, superintendent of Catholic schools, said in a statement that Bowling deserves this honor because of her commitment to Catholic education. That commitment, said Schulz, is visible in Bowling’s work to develop leaders in the school system and her support and guidance of pastors and educators.

Bowling leads the Merton Leadership Initiative, a leadership formation program designed to support and nurture principals, teacher leaders and aspiring principals since its launch in the 2016-2017 school year.

“In three short years, we have seen future leaders emerge to assume positions as principals, assistant principal, learning coordinator, archdiocesan curriculum coordinator and teacher leader,” said Schulz. “Mary Beth is an excellent model of a Catholic school leader and her example and influence are powerful in attracting, identifying and nurturing leaders.”

Bowling has also stood out in the way she handles human resource issues, said the statement.

“Her openness to listening and empathizing have created positive pathways for our pastors and principals to reach out to her to seek guidance and support when dealing with difficult issues,” the statement continued.

The NCEA is a private, professional educational membership association of more than 150,000 educators in Catholic schools, universities and religious education programs, according to the organization’s website.

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