Annamaria J. Zimmerman has touched the lives of thousands of children, parents, and staff in countless ways over the past thirty years at St. Martin’s Catholic School. The Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Office honored her 30th anniversary at this year’s Opening of Schools Mass, at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. We congratulate and thank Mrs. Zimmerman for these many years of faith, dedication, and hard work.

Mrs. Zimmerman is a warm and caring educator who goes beyond her responsibilities in assisting staff and caring for children in all grades. During these years, she has welcomed our youngest students as first the Kindergarten aide and later the first grade aide. Her smile and patience encourages her students as she works with small groups in reading and math. “When I am with my students, I give them my all,” she says. Her duties through the years have included managing the lunchroom volunteers and the children in the Aftercare Program. Mrs. Zimmerman has been a parishioner since 1977 and has volunteered in the parish and school offices. In all she does, her Catholic faith and gentle spirit provide an example for our St. Martin’s community.

Mrs. Zimmerman is one of the first educators to arrive at school each day and is soon busy preparing her room and the school. She is always quick to volunteer to help fill in for a teacher, to set up for special events, and to help with special projects. Mrs. Zimmerman leads a library club and diligently heads our SMS’s safety committee to ensure our school is prepared for any emergency. She is a nurturing and caring person who loves teaching children. We are grateful and blessed for the love Mrs. Zimmerman had lavished on innumerable children and adults in our school community these past thirty years.