Teacher of the Year Awards from the Archdiocese of Washington


Congratulations to two of our faculty members for being recipients of Catholic High School Teacher of the Year awards from the Archdiocese of Washington. Ms. Craig received the Veteran Teacher of the Year Award and Ms. Jama received the Novice Teacher of the Year Award.


Thank you, Ms. Craig and Ms. Jama, for all you do for our community! Below you can find out why they are so special to the Holy Child community.



Karen Craig

Veteran Teacher of the Year


Karen Craig is committed to her profession, her students and to the Holy Child Community. She has demonstrated strong academic and spiritual leadership, commitment to the development of the whole student and is dedicated to influencing students to respond to the call for peace and justice. Over the years, Ms. Craig has been an instrumental leader who has supported the 6-12 alignment of the school program through her strong collaboration and communication skills. She is sensitive to the needs of others and regularly seeks opportunities to teach her students the importance of rising to the call of peace and justice by attending diversity conferences along with students and by holding regular discussions regarding current topics. Ms. Craig is committed to the vision and values of Connelly School of the Holy Child and to her Catholic Heritage. She is truly a joy to work beside and is a blessing to Connelly School of the Holy Child.


Nawil Jama

Novice Teacher of the Year


Nawil Jama joined the Holy Child Faculty on 2016 as a member of the mathematics department, and since that time, has become highly involved in the Holy Child Community. Ms. Jama brings a depth of knowledge in ways to teach mathematics to young women and has enhanced the school’s focus on the importance of student success in learning mathematics at a high level. Ms. Jama emphasizes the importance of a growth mindset in her classroom and recognizes the obligation to empower young women to believe in their ability to succeed in the STEM fields. She is consummate professional, collaborator and teacher and we are blessed to have her as a member of our Holy Child teaching staff.