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Mount Mercy Academy Teacher Honored

by Pat Burns

Emily Kaufman, a Mount Mercy Academy English teacher, earned a prestigious award recently.  Head of School Michele Melligan announced recently that Kaufman has been awarded one of the FICE (Foundation for Inclusive Catholic Education) Teacher of the Year Award. Kaufman was recognized at the Foundation for Inclusive Catholic Education 8th Annual Taking Flight celebration on March 26, 2022.

FICE is an organization which supports families, educators and schools with the advocacy, knowledge and resources necessary to help students with special needs experience the spiritual and academic richness of a Catholic education in an inclusive environment.  

Kaufman has been a member of the Mount Mercy faculty for six years, teaching freshman, sophomore, and senior English, as well as AP English Literature and Composition and various electives.      Her nomination read, in part: “Ms. Kaufman has gone above and beyond to ensure that students are learning in an inclusive and welcoming environment. She always finds ways to accommodate students' needs by differentiating instruction through her ability to modify assignments and provide extra support by individualizing lessons based on student need. Ms. Kaufman takes time outside of the classroom to ensure that her lessons are appropriate for students of all abilities."    

This year she has taken her students in her elective courses on field trips to the Book Arts Center and St. Bonaventure University where students were able to explore learning opportunities outside of the classroom setting.   

Melligan commented, “Mount Mercy is both proud and grateful to have Ms. Kaufman as part of our staff!”

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

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