St. Mary Catholic Schools

SMCS Teacher and Staff Awards/Nomination Procedures

Each year, St. Mary Catholic Schools (SMCS) recognizes the talent and dedication of outstanding SMCS teachers and staff members by awarding the:

  • St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award
  • St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence
  • St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit
  • St. Isidore of Seville Award for Promising Innovation

The awards are presented at the SMCS faculty and staff end-of-the-year gathering.  Each recipient is given an award plaque, $250 and well-deserved recognition.  

Award Descriptions and Links to Nomination Forms

St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award (established 2010)

Criteria for the Award:  The Outstanding Teacher Award is presented to a current SMCS teacher who continually inspires and academically challenges his/her students. This award was established to recognize excellence in teaching, with a focus on creativity, rapport with students, positive attitude and high-quality instruction. The Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes a special teacher who has an exceptional relationship with students, parents, and peers, contributes constructively and positively to the school and SMCS, and lives his/her faith in and out of the classroom. The recipient of this award challenges his/her students to work to their highest potential and teaches them to set high self-expectations and standards.

St. John Online Nomination

St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence (established 2010)

Criteria for the Award:  The Positive Influence Award is presented to a current SMCS faculty or staff member who makes an exceptional difference in the lives of our students and their families. This person continually goes above and beyond to make sure that our students feel school is a haven for learning and growing. He or she promotes personal growth, spirituality and life-long learning as the path to future success.  Award winners are recognized for going well beyond expectations for the good of SMCS students, their families and the entire SMCS system.

St. Frances Online Nomination

St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit (established 2010)

Criteria for the Award:  The SMCS Spirit Award is presented to a current faculty or staff member who consistently represents all SMCS schools in a positive and enthusiastic manner. This individual inspires others by actively engaging co-workers, students and families to support the SMCS mission and vision, and is committed to the concept of a P3-12 Catholic school system in our community. This person displays an upbeat attitude, promotes and participates in activities and events and encourages school spirit in others.  He or she enthusiastically encourages students, parents, families, parishioners and the community to learn more about our schools and takes personal pride in and responsibility for the success of SMCS through their positive work.

St. Anne Online Nomination

St. Isidore of Seville Award for Promising Innovation (established 2016)

Criteria for the Award:  The SMCS Award for Promising Innovation is presented to a current faculty or staff member who has been with SMCS for five years or fewer, and who shows distinction in innovation. This award seeks to recognize an engaged employee who fully uses the resources provided by SMCS, seeks mentors within our community and freely shares his/her time, talent and ideas with other system employees and students to support the SMCS values and strategic goals. This employee demonstrates ingenuity and resourcefulness while inspiring creativity and critical thinking in others.

St. Isidore Online Nomination

Previous Award Recipients

Awarded at the end of the 2016-17 School Year

St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award     Kristine Albrecht       
St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence     KarieAnn Zeinert      
St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit     Michelle Dejno    
St. Isidore of Seville Award for Promising Innovation     Stacey Sweetalla

Awarded at the end of the 2015-2016 School Year

St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award      Ellen Bailey
St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence      Jason Tursky
St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit    Jeanne Griffith
St. Isidore of Seville Award for Promising Innovation (first time awarded)    Pamela Barnhill

Awarded at the end of the 2014-2015 School Year

St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award      Emilie Boots
St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence      Sue O’Connell
St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit    Ann Hoernke

Awarded at the end of the 2013-2014 School Year

St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award      Marilyn Peterson
St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence      Brad Curran
St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit    Michael Hickey

Awarded at the end of the 2012-2013 School Year

St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award      Nancy Stevenson
St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence      Mike Heideman
St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit    Deb Schultz

Awarded at the end of the 2011-2012 School Year

St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award      Lyndsey Bergstrom
St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence      Peter Post
St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit    Kathy Kellerman

Awarded at the end of the 2010-2011 School Year

St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award      Mark Constancio
St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence      Tom Kropidlowski and Cari Zelinski
St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit    Margaret Koskinen

Awarded at the end of the 2009-2010 School Year

St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award      Jill Ahles
St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence      Pat Bowen
St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit    Kathy Bergholz