The National Catholic Educational Association Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Sister Patricia Earl to receive the 2020 C. Albert Koob Merit Award.
This award is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to Catholic education at any level or educational setting, in one or more of these areas teaching, administration, parish religious education, research, publication and educational leadership. The award recognizes Sister Patricias faithful service and her impact at the national level.
Sister Patricia has contributed to Catholic education at the elementary, secondary and higher education levels, has contributed research to Catholic education and has been published regularly as a result. She is currently the Director of the Catholic School Leadership Program at Marymount and a Professor of Education. Before coming to Marymount, she taught in elementary and secondary Catholic schools, served as principal of Marymount Junior School and was Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Arlington Diocese for 13 years.
Sister Patricia says she is delighted to receive the award, and feels honored that her contributions to education, Marymount and the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have been recognized. Unfortunately, the 2020 National Catholic Educational Association Convention was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but Sister Patricias dedicated service to education continues.