CCH teacher receives Catholic Education Award
By Alejandra Pulido-Guzman – Lethbridge Herald on February 19, 2022.
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A teacher from Catholic Central High School has been selected as the recipient of the Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta (CCSSA) Excellence in Catholic Education Award for 2021-2022.
Lance Rosen has been with HCC for four years, teaching welding and religious education.
“I was very completely surprised and very honored to receive this award,” Rosen said.
The award recognizes Catholic educators in Alberta who are passionate about Catholic education and the students they teach, inspire their students, and demonstrate a commitment to Catholic education and teaching excellence.
Rosen said he was just grateful to be recognized because he doesn’t consider his practice to be any more exemplary than his colleagues.
“I work with amazing people and it was truly an honor to be recognized for something that I try to do in my daily life,” Rosen said.
He said he was mostly surprised because he has been teaching for such a short time compared to some of his colleagues.
“It was such an honor to be considered among some of these giants that I work with,” Rosen said.
He said he really enjoys teaching at CCH because he gets the best of both worlds. He shares his faith with these students through his religious studies and in his welding course he teaches his students practical skills that will help them in their future.
“In my welding classes, it’s been a blessing, because we have students coming in who have no idea what they’re going to do in the future, and they’ve tried welding classes and it has inspired some to pursue this as a career,” Rosen said.
He said it was very cool to expose the students to possible career paths, if they choose this trajectory, their life is changed by these opportunities that the school gives them.
“It’s really appropriate for me and I love it so much, to have that balance, to talk about my faith, Catholicism, but I also love, you know, being in the trades and interacting with both types of people. ‘students,’ Rosen said.
He said he did automotive technology and welding and got involved in youth ministry in Medicine Hat and then went into education. He started at Medicine Hat College and after his freshman year, he transferred to the University of Lethbridge and completed his degree in Education.
“I’m just very grateful to be recognized in this way. It just means a lot to me because it’s a big reason I became a teacher, and being recognized for it just means a lot. It lets me know that I’m on the right track with things,” Rosen said.
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