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By Santana Questa
Bishop McNamara High School proudly announces that our own theology teacher, Mr. Paul O'Brien, received the Golden Apple Award from the Archdiocese of Washington. The ADW is preparing a surprise celebration to take place April 16 in the BMHS Main Gymnasium.
The Golden Apple Awards are issued annually in just five dioceses nationwide; in Pittsburgh, Youngstown (Ohio), Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) and Toledo (Ohio). The award expresses deep appreciation to Catholic school teachers for their commitment to providing a quality academic and faith-filled education for children.
Paul O'Brien has been a Theology Teacher at Bishop McNamara High School since 2014, and also serves as the Assistant Coach for Varsity Softball. Prior to his time at BMHS, Paul taught at St. Vincent Pallotti High School, and coached softball for Seton Hill University. He has participated in several coaching clinics to help provide the best instruction and support for his student-athletes; in particular, Paul has participated in The Be the Best Coaches Clinic for several years, with 2018 being the most recent.
Mr. O'Brien has also earned such awards as the Digital Sports Coach of the Year and the Baltimore Sun Coach of the Year in 2008, and in 1996 was named the American Legion Teacher of the Year.
Mr. O'Brien hopes that he prepares his students to "think critically, research intelligently, write well and argue their well-reasoned viewpoints logically" as they move on to college.
He strives to teach his students in true Holy Cross fashion; meeting each and every student where they are, and knowing that all students can reach high goals with direction and self-discipline.
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