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16 Candidates for Teacher of the By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer A Providence Sister from Jasper took top honors at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet, but all 16 Candidates for the diocesan award re- ceived the spotlight during the evening. Sister Joanna Brown, cur- rently a fourth grade teacher at Precious Blood School, and in her forty-sixth year of teach- ing, won the award, which was presented May 3 by Bishop Gerald A, Gettelfinger. During his presentation, Bishop Gettelfinger lauded Sis- ter Brown for being an "out- standing teacher in all respects." Before the Teacher of the Year was named, each candi- date for the diocesan award was introduced to the audience by Donna Halverson, coordina- tor of support services in the diocesan schools office, and then given a certificate by Bishop Gettelfinger. In her remarks, Halverson, explained, "The theme for tonight is 'Angels among Us.' One of the most beautiful words in any language is 'angel' for it evokes images of light, power, comfort, healing, goodness, wisdom, loveliness and protection, and inspires us with awe and wonder.'Teach- ers, especially these candi- dates, are the bright lights that encourage a student's best qualities and hidden talents -- that is the work of angels." As Halverson presented each Candidate, she described the work they do in Catholic edu- cation: Franciscan Sister Bridget Arnold, St. Joseph, Vander- burgh County: She reaches out often to children who need that extra special help when a situa- tion seems somewhat hopeless. She says that she always tries to work with children who struggle to learn. In their struggles, she often sees the truth of Christian- ity, that we are here only for a time, and in that time, we meet Christ in all people as we jour- ney together. Lee Berg, St. Bernard, Rockport: He is loved and re- spected by the students, show- ing genuine care and concern for each of them He has been called a man of faith who lives and demonstrates his faith every day. Providence Sister Joanna Brown, Precious Blood, Jasper: In her classroom, the students and teacher work co- operatively to make the class- room the best learning envi- ronment possible. She is continually innovative and cre- ative in teaching style. Carol Chandler, Holy Re- deemer, Evansville: She ex- hibits the traditions of Catholic education in her high expecta- tions for student achievement, integration of gospel values in instruction, acceptance of and modification for students with special needs, and strong mod- eling of her own faith experi- ence. Diane Hildenbrand, Holy Family, Jasper: She under- stands that teaching cannote just a job. She says that a good teacher must be aware of the great influence they have, and that they must prayerfully dedicate selves to this each and every day. Ann Lampkins, Holy Spirit, Evansville: No task is too great or too small for her to undertake if she feels her students, their parents, the faculty, or Holy Spirit School will ben- efit from it. She demonstrates a "what can I do to help?" atti- tude which touches the lives of students and staff. Becky Lar- son, Mater Dei, Evans- ville: She is in- novative, allow- ing students a Eight teachers, each recognition during the Sts. Peter and Paul, James Redman, Mere Branch; Leo Schultheis, Evansville; Rosemary : i . i :ili?i::i: :: !ii i iiii?:::i-:: ! :: /i:  : : ::  .... :  /  i: DAng the:Teach of theYear program;: each of the16 Candidates for the diocesan awl | receivediceca  m Bishop Gerald ,Gett.lfinger. Above, e Berg, principal at St' i | uernara cho01,1ekport, is presented with his certificate, Below, Providence Sister | : JoannaBrown, right,wierof the 1995 Teacher of the Ye award, is congratulated by