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Loida Empalmado Aguilar, 58, passed away on Jan. 31. She was born in San Pablo, Laguna Philippines and moved to Jacksonville where she graduated from Jacksonville University. She was a dedicated teacher for 34 years at Assumption Catholic School. She was an inspiration to her fellow teachers, parents and students. She is survived by her husband Efren, sons, Eldren and Earol and daughter Lea. One of her former students, Father Jason Trull, preached the homily at her funeral Mass at Assumption Catholic Church.

Bravo, Bravo to St. Joseph Academy’s Drama Club, Troupe 5339 of the International Thespian Society, for being chosen as Superior and Critics Choice at the Northeast Florida District competition, Feb. 2 at Bartram Trails High School, Jacksonville. The troupe, performing The Most Massive Woman Wins play, is now eligible to compete in the Florida State Thespian Conference in Tampa, Fla., April 30-May 4. Pictured (l-r): Taylor Murphy, Emily Eaton, Emily Poage, Michelle Pricenor, Nancy Thelen, Chris Kellison (above), Monica Morgan, Gianna Borawski and Meg Devereaux.

Congratulations to Jennifer Pierce, second grade teacher at Holy Rosary Catholic School, Jacksonville, for obtaining a certification from Kansas University’s Center for Research and Learning as a content enhancement professional developer. She is now qualified to train teachers throughout the United States in the strategic instruction model specifically in the content enhancement routines for regular educators. This also helps the diocese move forward with further professional development in student learning and the implementation of the Student Intervention Team Model for regular education students and classrooms.