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Lead image Teacher finds right chemistry with God and students in times of darkness and light

Amanda Horan is in a self-described place of “contentment and happiness,” so it may seem unusual to start this story about her by focusing on what she calls “a dark period” in her life, a time when she was angry at God. Still, that time offers a defining insight into Horan, who is this year’s recipient of the Saint Theodora Excellence in Education Award, the highest honor given to an educator in the archdiocese.

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