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Congratulations to Upper School English teacher Caroline Toman who was named the recipient of the 2020 Founders’ Cup for Teaching Excellence. The Founders’ Cup Award, established in 1993 recognizes MKA’s strong tradition of teaching excellence dating back to 1887. The award is presented to an outstanding faculty member representative of the best qualities of teaching at MKA, inside and outside of the classroom, including coaching and mentoring. Caroline began teaching at MKA in 1996, served many years as the English Department Chair, and teaches sophomore English. Before teaching, Caroline worked in publishing, television production, advertising, and editing. She enjoys reading and always has a list of books she "needs" to read.

Nominations for the recognition are received from students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff. Among many strong recommendations from various constituents, fine and performing arts teacher Nicole Hoppe shared, “Caroline is constantly striving to improve not only herself as a faculty member but also her department as a whole. She has the best interests of the students at heart, walking the fine line of trying to take care of both their brains and their hearts. She is able to relate to the students and engage them in a way that makes them love going to her class.”

Alumni Council President Caitlin D’Ruggiero ’06 presented the award at MKA’s end of school meeting, which was held virtually this year on June 10, 2020.