Katherine Bialas and Kaitlyn Nelson

Katherine Bialas and Kaitlyn Nelson
Posted on 12/18/2023
Celebrating Staff LogoEvery week we celebrate SMCDSB staff members who have been recognized by a parent, student or colleague.

This week we are celebrating Katherine Bialas, a teacher Katherine Bialas at St. Monica’s Catholic School. Katherine was nominated by a parent, who said:

“We would like to nominate Ms. Bialas, Grade 1 teacher at St. Monica's Catholic School in Barrie for the Celebrating Staff program. Ms. Bialas has exemplified what it is to be a teacher who truly cares for her students both in the classroom and outside. She has a vested interest in her students' needs and strives to find ways for them to succeed. She has shown dedication to finding ways to support her students when it could have been so easy to ignore and get through the year. She is the type of teacher that students will remember well after they have moved on. Ms. Bialas deserves to be recognized for being an exceptional teacher who truly cares for the children she is entrusted with to nurture and educate.”

Kaitlyn NelsonThis week we are also celebrating Kaitlyn Nelson, a teacher at St. John Paul II Catholic School. Kaitlyn was nominated by a parent, who said:

“Today, my husband and I attended the JK/SK event hosted by my daughter’s teacher, Ms. Nelson, and were blown away by how incredibly thought-out and well-put-together the event was. The slideshow was perfect, and it was difficult for me to hold back tears after seeing Ms. Nelson visibly touched by how much her students mean to her. We want to recognize Ms. Nelson and how wonderful she has been to our little girl during her first year at St. John Paul II. As a former student of what was once referred to as PJP, I remember how lovely all of my teachers were, and it’s a truly beautiful thing to witness Thea experiencing the same level of care, guidance, and encouragement. Simply put, a teacher like Ms. Nelson is the reason we have hope for the future of our children and while we are absolutely devastated she will not be Thea’s teacher for SK, we are very hopeful that she will continue teaching at SJP where she has made such a positive impact on the students in her care. Ms. Nelson, you are an absolute gem and Thea is beyond blessed to have had you as her first teacher. “Thank you” really doesn’t seem like enough, but we hope you know how much we’ve appreciated your hard work and dedication in the classroom, for helping Thea grow and learn, and for making a difference in her life. We are truly grateful.”

We would like to thank Katherine and Kaitlyn for their commitment to Catholic education at our board.