2005 Award Winners
Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards
Professional Development
St. Raphael the Archangel Elementary School

St. Raphael the Archangel Elementary School,
Louisville, Ky.

School Statistics
Total Enrollment: 531
Type of School: Parochial
Location/Size of School: Large City School
Receive Free/Reduced Lunch: 3%
Student-Teacher Ratio: 16:1

When Principal Paul E. DeZarn introduced the idea six years ago of giving teachers one full day of professional development every week, he said he thought his staff might hang him in effigy at the thought of losing their daily planning time. But teachers at St. Raphael the Archangel soon realized what all this professional development could mean, and they embraced it wholeheartedly. These directed learning days have made a tremendous difference in the school atmosphere, says DeZarn, because it gives teachers real time to spend together and fuse as a team. “The schedule also allows me to meet with everyone, every week,” he says. He’s also getting calls from other schools all over the country that want to follow the model.