Golden Apple fourth grade teacher at Holy Cross School has goal of bringing Christ’s love to students and helping different learners thrive

Addressing her fourth graders in their classroom at Holy Cross School in Garrett Park, Maryland, on a recent morning, teacher Patty Holt had an unusual request: “Please put your pom-poms in your backpacks.”

Moments earlier, Holt had walked into a surprise assembly in the school auditorium, and learned on April 17 that she is one of 10 Golden Apple Award-winning teachers for 2024 in The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. She cupped her hands over her face in surprise as students let out a spontaneous yell and waved golden-colored pom-poms. A large banner behind the stage revealed her Golden Apple status, and the smiling teacher was handed a golden tiara to wear, while students chanted, “Mrs. Holt, Mrs. Holt!”

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