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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana May 27 teachers honoredas Candidates for annual diocesan By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Twenty-seven teachers who were Candidates for the 1993 Teacher of the Year award were honored for ex- cellence in teaching at the May 5 Teacher of the Year banquet. Phyllis Beshears, director of schools, told the candi- dates and guests, "Each year we try to think of a theme that will capture what we believe is the essence of ex- cellence in teaching. This year we chose 'Teachers Touch and Heal the World.' Excellent teachers do both." An Indian legend "speaks to curing and healing." Beshears said. "To cure is to cut away that which is caus- ing the problem. Healing on the other hand brings about harmony. Many times some- thing cannot be cured but healing can occur through a realization and an accep- tance of how things fit into a plan -- God's plan, as we believe. "As teachers, we cannot always cure the ills of our students. Hopefully we can provide the means to heal the hurts and the problems that are a part of their life. In touching a child's life positively, healing often does occur." During the banquet, Beshears read comments about each Candidate and Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfin- ger presented Certificates of Merit honoring them for ex- cellence in teaching. Cathy Arnold, Holy Rosary, Evansville: She be- lieves that children need to think for themselves and that schools need to become places where children learn to take charge of their learn- ing. Sr Irma Arnold O.S.F., SL Wendel, St. Wendeh She believes that it is essential for teachers to love their students enough to discipline and challenge and be there when they are needed. Amy Daunhauer, Christ the King, Evansville: Amy says she grew up seeing how much her mother (Mary Alice McDonald) enjoyed being a teacher and how rewarding her work was to her. She now also enjoys getting up to go to work each day and is excited to see her students, knowing that they expect to see her smiling face. Linda Eimrhard, Memorial, Evansville: She has chosen to spend her career in Catholic schools for many reasons. Having been educated herself in Catholic schools for 14 years, she says there were many people in addition to her farni!y who cared about her well-leing and her devel- opment in every facet of her life. III II I I I Rite Ferny, Holy Rosary, Evansville: With this teacher, generosity is a "given." Noth- ing is too great to give. She never counts what she shares in time, talent, or energy. As one of her admirers told us, "it ts said that 'to love some- one is to see the face of God.' Those who know and love Rite Farney feel that they have indeed seen God's face." David Harris, St. John the Baptist, Newburgh: He says that his profession as a Catholic school educator al- lows him to wake up in the morning looking forward to going to work. He realizes often how his own actions model to his students. David Hoyden, Memorial, Evansville: Dave tells us, "After 20 years in the teach- ing profession I feel that coaching (whether it be in athletics, drama, speech or music) is where the best teaching is taking place, for example, in athletics students learn about cooperation, team play, giving of themselves for the good of the whole, de- layed gratification, hard work, winning and losing, sacrifice, and goal setting. Coaches have tremendous in- fluence of the lives of their athletes. It is this close rela- tionship with athletes which has affected my life more than anything else in teach- ing." Patricia Herrin, Good Shepherd, Evansville: One of her nominators told us: "She gives her best as a teacher, but also as a counselor, friend and cheerleader. She has a profoundly strong sense of positive values and a well thought-out educational phi- losophy which blends the best of tradition with the best of modern thinking." Diane Hildenbrand, Holy Family, Jasper: She is a per- son who can get many things finished in a short amount of time. The saying, "ask a busy person if you want something done" fits her well. Ann Lampkins, Holy Spirit, Evansville: She con- tinually shows her dedication to Catholic schools and to our faith. We are told that like the Samaritan woman who met The 1993 Teacher of the Year Program has received corporate sponsorship from Old National Bank and Koch Foundation. II II IIII I II I I Jesus at the well, Ann's pri- mary concern is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Sister Louise Laroche O.S.B., Holy Family School, Jasper: She has developed a Christian Report Card that she uses with the students. She tells us that a child may not be capable of getting A's on the Academic Report Card but could get A's on this Character Report Card. When this happens, a positive self- image emerges and grades im- prove in other academic areas. Mary Alice McDonald, Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt: One of the people who wrote about her says she is a "ser- mon on legs," noting that if you want to see one rather than hear one, just follow Mrs. McDonald around. She is described as faithful, dedi- cated, creative, and profes- sional. Her rapport with the students is magical. Katrina Martin, Sts. Peter and Paul, Haubstadt: We are told that if it has to do with Sts. Peter and Paul School, you can trust that Katrina will be concerned and in- volved. Debbie Mueth, Holy Re- deemer, Evansville: One of the people who nominated her said, "As a parent, I al- ways felt that Christ's teach- ings were interwoven in her daily class work and activi- ties. She makes learning fun and non-stressful." When asked why she chose to teach in Catholic schools, she said, "I cannot imagine being in a place where God's name could not be shared daily. I love my church and enjoy liv- ing it in my profession." Sister Ida Otto O.S.B., Pre- cious Blood, Jasper: She be- lieves that we should instill in our children that life is worth living and that they are all right just the way they are. She says that we must be aware of the world in which our children live. When we see the challenges they face, we are able to understand their actions in the class- room. Karen Paulson, St. Joseph, Princeton: When asked why she chose to teach in Catholic schools, she wrote, "Teaching in a Catholic school gives real urpose and meaning to my fe. I believe God has a plan for each of us and I knew when I began teaching at St. Joseph School seven years ago, that being a Catholic school teacher was part of God's plan for me." Martha Render, St. James, St. James: One sixth grade student wrote to tell us, "There really is no bad to say about Mrs. Render. In fact, the only way to describe my teacher, principal, and friend is a miracle-worker. She is a kind, understanding, caring person. She is a big asset to the St. James School, Church and Community." Sharon Ripplemeier, West- side Catholic Consolidated School, Evansville: Her voca- tion as a teacher has made her realize that she can make a difference in someone else's life. Kathy Schmitt, Holy Rosary, Evansville: She has learned that the people you meet are affected by you in some way, even if you know them for only a short time. We should make the most of the time we have with every- one we meet and show them we care." Joyce Schulte, St. Bernard, Rockport: We are told that she is constantly looking for ways to keep the students ex- cited about school. She treats each student as an individual and she is always looking for how to get the most out of them. Catherine Schwenk, Cor- pus Christi, Evansville: She always has a compliment or a kind word for everyone. It is said that she does ordinary things in an exceptional way. Her work as a teacher is truly a vocation -- a calling to serve in this vital ministry of the Church. She believes that as a teacher she must provide stability in an unstable world. Her love for the students she teaches certainly that each day. Shirley Stern, St. Rockport: She "being allowed spiritual and education with others" is very lr her life as a Susan Rosary, the persons says that she is tient and shows of her students. Mary cennes: Mary vocation as a fected her life bec has learned so people around lieves that gooc treasures on desk. She says daily for the S in her work becaUs for her family dent is too large a alone! Sister Mary  Williams O.S.B., Evansville: says about coo "Today, most pet their jobs due skills. 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