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St. Mary Crown Point Teacher Named D.A.R.E. Teacher of the Year

St. Mary Catholic Community School 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Heather Williams, was recently selected as D.A.R.E. Teacher of the Year. She was the lone recipient of this award given to only one teacher in the entire state of Indiana! Mrs. Williams was recognized in Indianapolis at the Governor’s mansion. She was nominated by Crown Point’s D.A.R.E. officer, Stanko Gligic. Officer Gligic was also recognized for his outstanding work with the D.A.R.E. Program. Mrs. Williams said, “The award is wonderful and completely unexpected. It felt great to represent St. Mary’s.” Principal, Tom Ruiz added, “We are grateful for Mrs. Williams and Officer G’s dedication to the effort to help children make good choices as they navigate the challenges of adolescence.”

Mrs. Williams flanked by D.A.R.E. Officer Stanko Gligic (left) and Crown Point Police Chief Ryan Patrick (right) at the Governor’s mansion in Indianapolis.

Mrs. Williams’ class erupted in applause upon learning that she was named the D.A.R.E. Teacher of the Year for the State of Indiana.

D.A.R.E. is an acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point offers grade levels Junior Pre-Kindergarten (for three-year-olds) through grade eight. St. Mary’s outstanding and creative faculty teaches a rich curriculum supported by leading-edge technology. To learn more about St. Mary’s School or request a tour, visit


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