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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Teacher of the Year Nominations are now being accepted for diocesan By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Corpus Christi teacher Catherine "Katie" Schwenk vividly remembers the night she won the Teacher of the Year award. It was in May of 1993, and there were 26 teach- ers who had been nominated for the annual diocesan award. As each candidate was intro- duced, the Director of Schools, Phyllis Beshears, told the au- dience about the teacher. Schwenk remembers listening and thinking, "every one of these teachers should get it. How blessed we are in our Catholic schools to have such fantastic teachers. As Phyllis was reading about each teacher, all I could think was 'Wow!" Schwenk won the award that night. She was lauded for doing "ordinary things in an extraordinary way." She says she still looks at her plaque and "can't believe it." After winning the award, she says she began to realize "how what we do touches so many people. We see what an impact we do have on the kids and the whole staff." Larry Luig was in his first year as Corpus Christi princi- pal the year Schwenk won the Teacher of the Year award. He believes the award "had a posi- tive influence on the school be- cause the parents realized the caliber of the teachers we have here and the other teachers see it is possible to be nominated and win." Luig added, "It helps the morale of everybody -- stu- dents, faculty, parents -- be- cause they realize what compe- tent people we have." This is the eighth year the Message and the Office of Catholic Education have co- sponsored the diocesan Teacher of the Year award. Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger will announce the 1995 Teacher of the Year on May 3. At the May banquet, teach- ers who have taught in dioce- san schools for 20, 30, 40 and 50 years will also be honored. Last year, 13 teachers were candidates for the award whichwas given to Benedic- tine Sister Tess Duenas, a teacher at St. James School, St. James. In 1993, three teachers re- ceived the diocesan award, one at the elementary level, one at the middle school level, and one at the high school level. They were Catherine Schwenk, Corpus Christi School, Evansville; Rita Farny, Holy Rosary School, Evansville, and Benedictine Sister Mary Francis Williams, Mater Dei High School,. Evansville. In 1992, Rosemary Neufelder, a sixth grade teacher at Holy Spirit School, Evansville; David Meyer, a physical education teacher at St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh, and Bonnie Am- brose, a seventh and eighth grade teacher at Holy Rosary School, Evansville, received the diocesan awards. In 1991, Sarah "Sally" Sny- der, a teacher at Flaget Ele- mentary School, Vincennes, was given the annual Teacher of the Year award. Gene Logel, a Memorial High School teacher, received the 1990 award. Diane Alvey from St. Theresa School was named 1989 Teacher of the Year and Benedictine Sister Kathleen Finis was the first recipient of the diocesan award. A nomination form for the 1995 Teacher of the Year award is found on the bottom i i I of this page. , The de tions is March 13i!: will be asked tional information,: :: All nomin be mailed to: Year, the 4169, Evansville, IN 9 i . Phyllis Beshears, above at right, director of schools, presents a plaque to der, principal at St. James School, St. James. Benedictine Sister Tess DuenaS 1994 Teacher of the Year and a teacher at St. James. -- Message photo by paul Teacher of the Year Nomination Form Deadline: March 13, 1995 The Message and the Catholic Schools Office are co-sponsoring the eighth annual Diocese of Evansville Teacher of the Year award which will be annou Anyone, with the exception of immediate family members, may nominate a teacher for this award. Final selection of the winner will be made by members of a panel chosen for their educational expertise, interest in Catholic schools, and understanding Criteria used for selection of the award will be based upon excellence in teaching, innovation, dedication to Catholic education in the Evansville diocese, and the contribution to the profession of teaching'. The teacher must currently be employed in the Diocese of Evansville and must have taught for a minimum of five years in diocesan schools. The award will teacher's ability to teach students in the elementary or secondary level. The Teacher of the Year must be a good role model for students, have a major influence in the lives of students, show concern with the faith development al, mental and emotional development of students, and encourage students to improve their abilities and talents. Nominees will be asked to complete additional information and submit supporting materials. All nominations are confidential. Teacher: !I ,(:- choo: Subject/Grades taught: Reasons for nominating this teacher: On an 8 112 x 11 sheet, please list qualities which include dedication to the teaching profession, commitment to tion, teaching style, rapport with students/parents/faculty, realization of importance of being a Christian role model and motivational skills. Signature of Nominator: Home Address; Home Phone: Date: Relationship to teacher: (3 Student El Teacher [3 Parent El Other mail forms to: Teacher of the Year, The Message, PO Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724 -- 0169.