A Catholic school teacher in Chaska is one of 12 from across the country to be honored by a leading educational association.
Amy Gallus of Guardian Angels School is among those receiving the 2009 Distinguished Teacher Award from the Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Educational Association.
Gallus, 39, of Norwood Young America, has been at Guardian Angels since 2001 and has been teaching middle school since 1994. While teaching full time, she completed her master's and education specialist's degrees at the University of St. Thomas.
Robert Bimonte, executive director of the association's Department of Elementary School, said Gallus and the other honorees represent "the very best of Catholic education."
The 12 teachers will attend a banquet on April 14 in Anaheim, Calif., to open the association's annual convention.
In 2003, the association gave a similar honor to Guardian Angels' principal, Nancy Ronhovde.
The 104-year-old association says it is the world's largest private professional educational association, representing more than 150,000 educators who serve more than 2 million students in Catholic education at all levels.