Rosemary Faucette, who is a writer and an English teacher at Woodland Junior High School in Fayetteville, had the good fortune of attending Sister Miriam's eighth grade class. "From the first day," Mrs. Faucette recalls, "I knew Sister Miriam loved what she was doing. I gave birth to a new part of myself that year. I started writing and reading with fervor. I already knew I was going to be a junior high school teacher and that Sister Miriam's spirit would guide me." Today Mrs. Faucette tries "like Sister Miriam to find a fresh approach and to link whatever is being taught to the students' hearts, because that is where joy is born." In her lessons Mrs. Faucette strives for a balance between "substance and feeling, critical and creative thought, and heart and mind." She has a talent for coaxing her students to "like themselves;" it falls to her to "prove to students that they have something worth honoring and a responsibility to honor others as they honor themselves." Mrs. Faucette is one of this year's four finalists for National Teacher-of-the-Year as well as Arkansas Teacher-of-the-year.
Dominican College of San Rafael, B.A.