Carol Garcia-Rachal, a high school biology/chemistry teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School, was named the recipient of the Em W. Knipmeyer Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2019-2020 school year.
This is the 15th year that Jo B. Stamey has presented the award to an outstanding St. Mary’s teacher in honor of her sister, Em Knipmeyer, a graduate and former teacher and principal at St. Mary’s. The award honors a current teacher who holds the same teaching ideals of Knipmeyer. Garcia-Rachal is a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches with an undergraduate degree in biology and a master’s degree in education.
Her 47 years of teaching experience includes 36 years in public schools, 10 years as an adjunct teacher at NSU, a few years at Bossier Parish Community College and eight years at St. Mary’s. At St. Mary’s, Garcia-Rachal teaches Biology I and II, Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry I and Honors Chemistry I.
“Mrs. Carol Garcia-Rachal is dedicated to her students and maintains high expectations of them,” said Principal Andrea Harrell. “She taps into the students’ potential and encourages them to be their very best. Alumni frequently come back after classes in college and speak of how well they were prepared for university classes thanks to having her as a high school teacher.”
The award was presented Oct. 4 after Mass at the school and followed by the St. Mary’s Homecoming Court presentation.