Julie Bloomfield receives the Golden Apple Award. Pictured (from the left) are Senior Director of Education for the Toledo Diocese Matt Daniels, St. Mary’s Principal Daniel Metzger, Julie Bloomfield, and His Excellency, The Most Reverend Daniel Thomas, Bishop of Toledo. (Photo submitted)
Julie Bloomfield receives the Golden Apple Award. Pictured (from the left) are Senior Director of Education for the Toledo Diocese Matt Daniels, St. Mary’s Principal Daniel Metzger, Julie Bloomfield, and His Excellency, The Most Reverend Daniel Thomas, Bishop of Toledo. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT — Julie Bloomfield, St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School’s fourth grade teacher, has been named one of the 2018-2019 Golden Apple Award winners.

Through the generosity of the Jack and Rhodora Donahue Family Foundation, the Golden Apple Award has been established to honor outstanding individuals who devote their lives to teaching in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Toledo and the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This is the third time in the past five years that a teacher from St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School has been given the Golden Apple Awards. Mary Yackey, St. Mary’s first grade teacher, won the award in 2015 and Therese Tate, retired St. Mary’s Kindergarten teacher, won the award in 2014.

Bloomfield has been a teacher at St. Mary’s for the past 19 years. In those 19 years she has taught fourth grade, second grade, and math to fifth and sixth grade. Bloomfield serves as a mentor teacher and over the last seven years she has worked to help five resident educators become the best educators they can be. She sits on many different school committees including Catholic Schools Week, Right to Read Week, and steering committee for Accreditation. She has also served as a L.I.F.E. Team Coordinator for the school and communicated that information to the other teachers at faculty meetings. Mrs. Bloomfield is also very active in St. Mary’s Church as she serves as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister on a regular basis.

When asked about receiving this award Bloomfield said, “I am blessed to be teaching in a Catholic school as I live out my life-long dream of bringing others closer to God. It is amazing to see the transformation in a student as they grow and mature. I love seeing them become more aware of the world and the teachings of Jesus Christ. As our staff meets for prayer and intentions each morning, it is the words of our prayer that speak to my heart the most: St. Mary’s is truly a place where we love to learn and where we learn to love.”

St. Mary’s Principal Dan Metzger added, “Mrs. Bloomfield is an essential part of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School. As a principal, it is a great feeling to know that if I need help in getting something done, Mrs. Bloomfield will be one of the first people to step up and take it on. When you enter Mrs. Bloomfield’s classroom, you see a room buzzing with activity. Depending on the day or time, you may see students working independently at tables; interacting with each other at learning centers; using various means of technology, like a Smart Board, iPads, and Chromebooks to reinforce classroom instruction; or working on project-based learning lessons. Mrs. Bloomfield understands that students have to be actively engaged in the learning process. Her classroom is a place of great discovery, adventure, and creativity. She is committed to making herself, her classroom, the whole school, St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, and the Van Wert community the best it can be.”

Bloomfield attended The Golden Apple Awards Banquet on May 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio. She received a Certificate of Achievement, a Golden Apple with a 24 carat gold cross, a Golden Apple lapel pin, and a cash award of $5,000.