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998 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 er of the Year i!!/ High School Jazz Band provides entertainment during the Teacher of the Year Message photo by Mary T. Scheller visit during the Teacher of the Year reception. Sister Leona Schlachter, Holy Family ister Joanna Brown, Precious Blood School, ly Family School. -- Message photo by Mary T. Scheller Continued from page 8 ticipate actively in the learning process. She says that as a teacher, she knows she has the responsibili- ty to give the students the knowledge and skills necessary "to be a happy, productive, con- tributing member of society, so that at the end of his/her life, he/she will hear the words of Jesus, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'" Ann Lampkins, Holy Spir- it, Evansville: Ann tells us, "Teaching has given me a sort of extended family. With no children of my own, my stu- dents become a real part of me and that is a very satisfying feeling. Teaching also forces me to acknowledge the huge impact the family has on a child's learning and emotion- School teacher Randy Hupfer, the 1998 Teacher of the Year, is joined by Phyllis director of schools. Message photo by Mary 1". Scheller al stability. 1 certainly appreci- ate mv own family n-inch ,r more. Sandy Lasher, Memorial High School, Evansville: Sandy tells us, "Teaching in a Catholic school epitomizes the meaning of the word family. We share so much of one another's lives. We pray together at school as well as in our parishes on Sun- day; we share together our successes and failures, as well as our laughter and tears. It sometimes fills me with such a sense of awe when I think about the huge amount of responsibility that parents entrust us with regarding their most precious possessions, their children." Gretchen Lehman, St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County: Gretchen chooses to teach in a Catholic school because she has the free- dom to teach and share the Catholic faith. Barbara Luig, Resurrection, Evansville: "Barb told us, "Teaching is ahvays a part of me and does not stop when the children walk out the door at the end of the day. "'Off time' is spent reflecting over what worked, what didn't go as well as expected, planning new. strategies, and attending workshops and seminars? I start out each day believing that day will be better than the day before." Jenny Masterson, Holy Spir- it, Evansville: Her energy and enthusiasm are cornerstones at Holy Spirit. Jenny tells us "Teaching has affected my life in many posi- tive ways. I have always enjoyed teaching from the moment I began. N 6ther Voca- tion would enable me to shape and mold the minds of the future as teaching can. It is also an extremely rewarding experi- ence. I receive and give much love as a teacher. "There is no greater feeling than that. Teaching has also allowed me to share dreams and possibilities for the future of education with oth- ers. I know that what I am doing every day of my life counts. That is an empower- ing experience." Benedictine Sister Ida Otto, Precious Blood, Jasper: Each child in her classroom is made to feel special and unique with her constant personal attention. One person who wrote to tell us about Sister Ida shared these comments, "When I see the pic- ture of Jesus surrounded by lit- fie children, I think of Sister Ida. She is content surrounded by little ones. She is like a magnet that draws them to her. They feel her love just by her pres- ence." Darlene Quinlin, Mater Dei High School, Evansville: Dar- lene says she teaches in a Catholic school because she believes "in the Catholic school svstem and e\\; erything it stands for. I enjoy the freedom to edu- cate young people the best l know how. I work and live in an environment in which I can freely express religious values, high moral standards and beliefs. "Catholic education is the foundation of our school com- munity and the basis for strong parental support. 1 trust that the family is the basic unit of soci- ety, and we need the assistance of the family to help educate the young adults of tomorrow." April Schulz, Christ the King, Evansville: She says when she opens her classroom door each morning, she likes the bright cheery atmosphere that says, "Come in, I'm glad you are here. Fun things are about to happen." Madalyn Steckler, St. Bene- dict, Evansville: She doesn't see her work as a job. She calls it an "invited happening." People say that Madalyn is upbeat with students and staff, she is a great listener, she has the ability to teach creatively, maintain good discipline, and create a "happy" atmosphere for her students. Parents sa arent that they are so excited about going to school. Brent Symon, St. Benedict, Evansville: He brings to the classroom the gift of making each student feel accepted and loved as they are, while still challenging them to become more than they are. Brent's principal, Benedic- tine Sister Karlene Sensmeier, sums up what she sees in Brent in this way: "My image of Mr. Symon is that of a solid oak tree. You sit in the shade of his classroom, resting com- fortably and quietly learning the lessons of life. "You can lean on him as he provides the steadfastness of good solid character building lessons, He is grounded in a strong commitment to his faith and to his family, Just recently, he became a parent for the first time and during Laura's preg- nancy and following Olivia's birth, you had another glimpse of a man totally in awe of God's presence in his life." Jo Ann Weber, Corpus Christi, Evans'ville: In her nomination forms, we find these kinds of " er phrases and words: tmwav , ing faith," "steadfast love for stu- d ts" "patience," en , "integrity," "dedication," and ,kindness." Listen to her philosophy: ',Demand their best, don't lower your standards, make them responsible for their work and actions, and above all, hove them and don't be afrakt to let them know you love them/'