Alliance For Catholic Education | July 1, 2019
Katie Ward, a Notre Dame senior and future member of ACE 26, was recently awarded the 2019 Frabutt Prize for Outstanding Community-Based Research in recognition of her research on the intersection of Catholic identity and Native spirituality in three Native American Catholic schools.
Ward, an Education, Schooling and Society (ESS) minor, traces her interest in Native American education as far back as high school, during which she spent a week in an experiential learning course at Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota. Her experiences in the third-grade classroom began to shape her academic interest in Native American education systems.
Katie Ward Frabutt Prize
Photo Credit: Ann Primus Berends
“We spent a week on the reservation serving as teachers’ aides,” she recalled. “I found that I wasn’t only interested in the education side, but I also found the issues within Native American education that we were learning about to be very interesting. I found myself wanting to learn more and more and more.”
Ward’s passion for education greatly shaped her undergraduate experience, and she explained that she chose disciplines that she could later introduce to her classroom to create a more holistic and creative atmosphere. This led her to a double major in music and Spanish with a minor in ESS.
“The ESS faculty really care about your growth and formation as an educator,” she said. “You can get into ESS really from any angle. Pretty much everyone has something to learn there.”
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