This was a big week of celebration and honor for Sister Patricia Hill. Sister Pat celebrated her 80th birthday with her students at St. Joseph Montessori on the Nazareth Campus. The children handmade cards for their beloved teacher and showered her with appreciation.

Not only was Sister Pat recognized within the school, she was also awarded the Nelson County Teacher of the Year Award for the second year in a row. Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts declared it “Sister Patricia Hill Day.”

Nearly 40 years ago, Sister Pat founded the Montessori school which is now sponsored by the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral of Bardstown. In those 40 years, over a thousand children benefitting from a Montessori education.

Hilda Gardner spoke of her grandson, Garrett, who as a 3 year old, started school with a speech delay. Garrett spent four years as a student at Montessori. Garrett is now a fifth grader with a passion for school. He loves to read. He has a particular interest in science and just tested in the 97th percentile for his age. Hilda attributes her grandson’s love of science to the teachings of Sister Pat which included many nature walks and exciting science experiments. She said he is an amazing student and Sr. Pat and all the staff of Montessori laid the foundation for Garrett’s enthusiam for learning.

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