On Sunday, November 6, Amy Freeman was honored with a Seton Award by the Diocese of Norwich for her contributions to Catholic education. The Seton Award is presented yearly at the Seton Scholarship Dinner to three individuals who embody a commitment to exceptional education within the diocese.
Mercy President Alissa K. DeJonge ’95 offered introductory remarks prior to Ms. Freeman receiving the award, noting, “I am one of thousands of students who experienced her exceptional teaching and care as an educator in the Diocese of Norwich, and now, I am blessed to call her my colleague. Ms. Freeman is a shining example of how one person can make a significant contribution to Catholic education and in doing so, forever impact the lives of others.”
Ms. DeJonge continued, “Ms. Freeman cultivates connections and sees the good in every student, in every colleague, and in every person.” In her 35 years of service to Mercy High School, she has taught both French and Spanish Levels I to 5-Advanced Placement, English, creative writing, and The Art of Storytelling. She is a member of the Connecticut Organization of Language Teachers, American Association of the Teachers of French, and Mercy Education Systems of America.
A motivating presence in the lives of her students, Ms. Freeman has served as class moderator and advised the Student Activities Council, French National Honor Society, Mercy Students 4 Change, B.E.A.M. and Dance Team, as well as multiple clubs that promote an understanding of cultures and cultivate creative expression.
Ms. Freeman serves an inspiration to her colleagues and her students, always wondering how she can continue to help, to learn, and to grow; steadfast in her belief that being a Catholic educator has been the greatest gift of her life. She shares, “Winning the Seton Award is an incredible honor. I have had the opportunity to work with many exceptional educators and amazing students throughout my 35+ years at Mercy. I am so humbled and grateful to receive this recognition.”