Barbara Fogelberg Skane (’83) teaches at St. John Francis Regis School in Hollywood, Maryland. After the record breaking snowfall, the section of the school built in 1953 collapsed. (The part built in 1924 survived.) The school had to be relocated to Holy Angels-Sacred Heart School in Avenue, MD, which closed last year and is 18 miles away. Amazingly, the school was able to reopen 16 days after the collapse because of many parent volunteers and the support of Bishop Wuerl. The neighborhood is glad to have school children back. Donations of school supplies and money continue to pour in, and Barbara reports that the students have adjusted well.
Barbara has been teaching since she graduated from Christendom in 1987 and was recently awarded the Golden Apple Award which Archbishop Wuerl established. The recipients had to be Maryland state certified, hold a master’s degree and be certified catechists. Barbara was nominated by a parent of a first grade student she taught. She had to complete an eight page application and write a 500 word essay. She received the award including $5000 at a gala at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. She was one of ten recipients from the Archdiocese of Washington.
Barbara enrolled at Seton in the fall of 1979 and was the co-salutatorian with Jamie Sexton. (Matt Gelis was valedictorian.) Her niece and nephew (Jessica and Matthew Triggs, children of Debbie) attend Seton now.