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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Candidates honored for excellence in By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Fourteen teachers who were Candidates for the 1996 Teacher of the Year award were honored for excellence in teaching at the May 1 Teacher of the Year banquet. Phyllis Beshears, director of schools, reminded the candi- dates and their guests, that "we celebrate all outstanding teachers in the success you are being honored for tonight." During the banquet, Beshears read comments about each nominee and Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger presented Certificates of Merit honoring them for ex- cellence in teaching. Elaine Adams, St. Bene- dict, Evansville: Parents say it is a delight to have a child in her classroom. Kathy Bachman, Precious Blood, Jasper: Her classroom is described as interesting and highly motivating. Stella Bennett, Holy Fam- ily, Jasper: People tell us "to know her is to love her." Student Rottet: Even the goldfish in the dirty green water feel at home here. She taught me dur- ing a hard year, the year my fa- ther passed away. Bell: My fourth grade teacher is the most caring per- son I've ever met. One thing about her is that she will al- ways take the time to stop and listen to someone who needs to talk, vent frustrations, or just listen to a silly story that a child has written. Rotter: It has been 20 years now and today, I still remem- ber being told not to take shortcuts, whether it was a Teacher of the Year Candidate Elaine Adams is joined by her daughter, Frances, during dinner. Adams teaches at St. Benedict School, Evansville. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes Diane Carithers, St. Wen- del, St. Wendeh Care, concern and gentleness are the words used to describe this teacher. Judy Linette, Holy Fam- ily, Jasper: She is recogniz- able by her warm and wonder- ful smile. Donna McGinness, West- side Catholic Consolidated, Evansville: Donna's students sum it all up nicely when they say, "She likes us." Karleen Nichols, Flaget, Vincennes: This candidate says that teaching at Flaget is one of her greatest blessings. Helen Pesavento, Holy math problem or cleaning the chalkboard. "Give 100 percent the first time and you won't have to redo your work," she said. Bell: I've learned from her the importance of making chil- dren feel good. She is patient and understanding and never raises her voice with the kids It really does make a differ- ence. Rottet: I was also taught not to give up on homework or something ] really wanted. In school, she never gave up on me! She helped me through rough times with an encourag- ing talk or a friendly smile and pat on the back. Bell: The students in this teacher's class benefit academi- cally, socially, and most of all.. spiritually. Her life is commit- ted to God! She is unselfish. She is the one who does the dishes after the party, volun- teers to make banners and cardboard school buses at a minute's notice. She does all the jobs no one else wants to do. Rottet: Today, as a store manager, I encourage my em- ployees to give 100 percent and preach to them to do their work right the first time, a concept I learned long ago. Bell: Today, as a past student and present principal of hers, I want to thank-her for teaching me the importance of a positive attitude. It can make all the dif- ference throughout one's life. The 1996 Teacher of the Year has made a difference in so many children's lives. They may realize it immediately as in Phil's case. Or they may un- derstand the importance of hav- ing a positive attitude and the importance of unselfishness later on in life like I do. After the tape was played, Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger said, "It's my honor as chief teacher of the diocese to pre- sent the annual Teacher of the Year award, but this year I would like to share this honor with her most memorable stu- dent. So, Phil, if you will come out here and let us together present the Teacher of the Year award to Stella Bennett from Holy Family School." Over 190 persons attended the ninth annual Teacher of the Year banquet, which is sponsored by the Message and the Office of Catholic Educa- tion. Rosary, Evansville: Her gen- tle and loving manner allows her to be attentive to each stu- dent's need. Joyce Rietman, Good Shepherd, Evansville: Joyce teaches religion, social studies and practical arts to the junior high students. Sharon Ripplemeier, Westside Catholic Consoli- dated, Evansville: She is seen as a great role model to her students and she teaches with real inspiration and faith. Millie Rueger, St. Theresa, Evansville: She is described as a faith-filled per- son who generously shares that faith with students and other staff members. Lynn Scheessele, Good Shepherd, Evansville: Lynn is described as a teacher that students remember for life. Kathy Sergesketter, Holy Redeemer, Evansville: Be- fore coming to Holy Redeemer in 1994, Kathy taught junior high science, language arts, arts and practical arts and fourth grade at Resurrection School. Peggy Vogt, Christ the King, Evansville: This artistic and creative teacher gets the entire family involved with school. During the Teacher of the Year banquet, four teachers were honored for 30 years of service in diocesan schools, and 13 teachers received recogni- tion for 20 years of service. Teacher of the Year Ste members of the School, Jasper. They are, ery, school secretary, nett, Benedictine Sister John Boeglin, Schlachter, Sarah Zoglman, Johnnie pal, and Denise Miller. KREMPP LUMBER CO. BUILDING MATIRIAL SUPPLIES & GENERAL CONTRACTING HOMECENTER CONSTRUCTION 482-I 961 482-6838 P Thi-rtY:Y cluded Rosary, Benedi Philip Ferdinand; High Patrlcia eluded :i . Garlal Memorial Evar Evansville'; i  Gall Ba Jane i] Baptist, High deemer, King, Leon Kiese Jasper;: Celestin Ma ily, rial High Spirit, Ph: 482-11 Dave Meyer, a teacher from St. John the Baptist School, Newburgh, chats with Holy Cross Brother John Stout, a teacher at Memorial High School, Evansville. Meyer is a previous Teacher of the Year award winner. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes PHONE