Washington, D.C.—Anne Marie Desaulniers, Director of Learning Resources at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, is the recipient of the first-ever, Mid-Atlantic Episcopal School Association (MAESA) Stewardship Award honoring adults who have made a marked difference in their schools and who embody the qualities and values of the association: integrity in daily life and work, respect for all people, equity and justice in words and actions, and love and hospitality toward neighbors.
Ms. Katherine F. Murphy, Executive Director of MAESA, shared the announcement on behalf of the MAESA Board of Governors who introduced the new award in 2020. Annual honorees will be known as the association’s MAESA Stewards.
Mr. Danny Vogelman, Vice President of the MAESA Board of Governors and Head of School at Washington Episcopal School, presented the award to Ms. Desaulniers at the recognition ceremony, held this morning, October 2, 2020 at the virtual Annual MAESA Members Meeting and Luncheon at Grace Episcopal Day School in Kensington, MD. Psychologist Dr. Rebecca Resnik followed with a keynote address on “The Science of Resilience in Children and What It Can Teach Us.”
Mrs. Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn, the Head of School at Beauvoir and member of the MAESA Board of Governors, nominated Ms. Desaulniers for this prestigious award. Ms. Desaulniers, who is in her thirty-first year at Beauvoir, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and received a Master of Education from Trinity Washington University, formerly Trinity College. She joined Beauvoir after serving as a teacher at the now closed, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School in Silver Spring, MD. Ms. Desaulniers, known as “Ms. D” by students, embodies Beauvoir’s Life Rules and embraces its Mission and Values.
In addition to her current role, Ms. Desaulniers is Beauvoir’s Co-Director of Outplacement. She served as Co-Chair of the Social Curriculum Committee and as a Second Grade Teacher. In the words of Mrs. Gibbs-Wilborn: “As I think back on the many ways she [Ms. Desaulniers] has been an advocate for our students and families, I cannot imagine anyone more deserving of this award.”
“As a second grade teacher, Anne Marie co-led the faculty in adopting the Responsive Classroom, a social curriculum that has continued to guide community members in promoting a diverse, healthy, and respectful school culture for over two decades. Ms. D's students, past and present, often describe her as loving and caring, for she approaches everyone with a smile and clearly loves her work. Years ago,… it was not uncommon to pass by her classroom and witness her, with children gathered around, singing songs that fostered community building.
“Anne Marie is a true bridge builder. When I think about the impact that adults have on a child's life, nothing is more important than having a caregiver who models integrity, warmth, a genuine care for others, and a commitment to living a life that is faithful and devoted to serving others.” Congratulations Ms. D!