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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana May 13, 1988 Teacher of the Year ii i ii ii 28 teachers receive certificates of merit for exce ence in teaching By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer "To teach well is to do more than just impart knowledge of the subject matter. To teach well is to touch lives." That was the message given to nominees and their guests at the Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet on May 5 by Phyllis Beshears, associate director of the Office of Catholic Education. "Excellent teachers know that they are doing a good job," Beshears said. "They may never tell anyone that they feel this way, but they know within themselves that they are suc- cessful. They probably are not told often enough how great they are and what a wonderful job they are doing. "That's what tonight is all about, and we hope that this evening will in some way reward these outstanding educators for a job well done." During the banquet, she read comments about each nominee and they were then presented with Certificates of Merit, honoring them for excellence in teaching. Stella Bennett, first grade, Holy Family School, Jasper: "Always puts her pupils first; she lives her Christian faith every day." Diana Carithers, fourth grade, St. Wendel School, St. Wendel: "an example of fairness; high standards and values." Sister I}eidre Clements, English and French, Rivet High School, Vincennes: "always en- couragas students to be the best students and best persons they can be; exceptionally talented in preparing students for col- lege and for life." Sister Yvonne Eitenne, kindergarten, Washington Catholic Elementary School, Washington: "teaches self- worth, self-confidence, and a strong faith in God." Sister Kathleen Finis, music, Marian Heights Academy, Fer- dinand: "never gives up on students; recognizes the dignity of each student." Maryceal Freihaut, second grade, St.,, Bernard School, Rockpokrt: her ability to love rubs off on her students." Ralph Holscher social studies, coach, Rivet High School, Vincennes: "He's the one they call on; at all school functions there is always Mr. Holscher to depend upon to see that all things are locked up and in place as they should be." Randy Hupfer, math, Memorial High School, Evansville: "said to be the best math teacher in the city; if you haven't had Mr. Hupfer you haven't had MATH; makes equations funny." Susan Jonas, science, Christ the King School, Evansville: "highly motivated and dedicated; work many long hours to ensure that her students receive the best educa- tion she can provide." Sister Mary Leon Kiasvl, third grade, Holy Family School, Jasper: "Sister's students don't want to miss school; always looking for a new way to keep students interested." Sister Annelle Libs, grade one, Precious Blood School, Jasper: Msgr. Kenneth Knapp, vicar general-chancellor, congratulates Patricia O'Neill for being nominated for the 1988 Teacher of the Year award. She is a fifth grade teacher at Christ the King School, Evansville. -- Message Photo by Mary T. Ellert .% Sister Kathleen Finis, center, the 1988 winner of the Teacher of the Year award, is joined by Sister Mary Dominic Frederick, principal of Marian Heights Academy, Ferdinand; Sister Mary Walter Goebel, prioress of the Motherhouse at Ferdinand, Sister Barbara Lynn Schmitz, Sister Paulette Sung and Sister Celastin Maurer. -- Message Photo by Mary T. El|e "spends many hours preparing activities to meet individual needs of her students; always helpful in sharing idea and materials." Mary Alice McDonald, first grade, Sts. Peter and Paul School, Haubstadt: "goes above and beyond the call of duty; in- dividualizes activities for all of her students; keeps the parents of her students well informed by constant contact." Sister Beata Melding, principal and counselor, Marian "Day School, Evansville: "she goes the extra mile; lots of TLC; she believes in her students." Dave Meyer, math, religion, St. John.School, Newburgh: "has a special way of making students want to pay attention and take things seriously; well liked by his colleagues; parents like him because he lets them know ex- actly how the students are doing." Rosemary Neufelder, reading, social studies, math, spelling, religion, Holy Spirit School, Evansville: "she expects a lot from her students; finds a way to fit everyone's needs in class; is patient." Karleen Nichols, first grade, Flaget School, Vincennes: "most excited about teaching; always well prepared; makes a concentrated effort to make each student feel important and good about himself or herself." Linda Norton, English, literature, spelling, fifth-eighth grades, St. Philip School, St. Philip: "she's always there for extra help or just to talk to; . always s.tresses the importance of team work; makes learning fun." Patricia O'Neill, fifth grade, Christ the King School, Evansville: "type of teacher every parent wishes his or her child could have as a teacher; very concerned for those people who are less fortunate and teaches students to have com- passion for these people." Brother Eugene Phillipp, history, Memorial High School, Evansville: "teaches students how to learn. He prepares them for the future and-teaches them the value of hard work. He helps the students learn to see the good in all people." James Redman, social studies, theology, Memorial High School, Evansville: "ex- amplifies what a Christian teacher should be; treats students with respect." Sister Annette Schipp, grade four through eight, Precious Blood School, Jasper: "teaches students to think on their own and to have opinions; she first shows a child love, then shows them how to love; a leader among her colleagues." Joyce Schuite, grade four, St. Bernard School, Rockport: "constantly looking for ways to help students outside of school; instills a sense of self-worth and morality in each student; con- sistent with her discipline." Sharry Thompson, grade five, Westside Catholic Consolidated School, Evansville: "she ar- rives early, stays late and always give one-hundred per- cent; her students develop more positive self images because of her unwavering confidence that each one will succeed; she often incorporates moral issues into the academic matter being presented." Nancy Walker, second grade St. Matthew School, Mount Vernon: "has great rapport with students, staff and parents; a beautiful Christian model in her daily teaching; en- courages individualism and growth; keeps a daily log on each student." Ralph Weinzapfel, social studies, driver's ed, coach, Memorial High School, Evansville: "not only in- fluences athletic ability, but also character development; is a friend to his students: deeply cares whether a student makes it or not." Sister Rose Wildeman, music, St. Joseph School, Vanderburgh County: "her love for music knows no age; she always finds time to help; makes music fun; never quits giving." Sister Mary Francis Williams, computer science, Mater Dei High School, Evansville: "a perfect role model; in her prayers before class she always  relates the words to what's hap- pening around school; great sense of humor. '' Kathleen Anne Wright, third grade, St. Benedict School, Evansville: "always available to students when they need help; tells students to be friends; a good listener and friend to her colleagues."