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Staff Awards & Nomination Procedures

Each year, St. Mary Catholic Schools recognizes the talent and dedication of outstanding SMCS educators and staff members. The awards are presented at the SMCS faculty and staff end-of-the-year gathering.

St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Criteria: 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 (available spring 2020)
St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence
  • Criteria: 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 (available spring 2020)
St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit
  • Criteria: 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 (available spring 2020)
St. Isidore of Seville Award for Promising Innovation
  • Criteria: 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 (available spring 2020)

 


Award Recipients

2018-19 Academic Year
  • Maryann Slavinsky (St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award)
  • Jubilee Lauterborn (St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence)
  • Patrisha Hoffman (St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit)
  • Miranda Nikolai (St. Isidore of Seville Award for Promising Innovation)
2017-18 Academic Year
  • Judy Blaney (St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award)
  • Anne Buss (St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence)
  • Ron DuVernay (St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit)
  • Hayden Kraus (St. Isidore of Seville Award for Promising Innovation)
2016-17 Academic Year
  • Kristine Albrecht (St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award)
  • KarieAnn Zeinert (St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence)
  • Michelle Dejno (St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit)
  • Stacey Sweetalla (St. Isidore of Seville Award for Promising Innovation)
2015-16 Academic Year
  • Ellen Bailey (St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award)
  • Jason Tursky (St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence)
  • Jeanne Griffith (St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit)
  • Pamela Barnhill (St. Isidore of Seville Award for Promising Innovation)
2014-15 Academic Year
  • Emilie Boots (St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award)
  • Sue O’Connell (St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence)
  • Ann Hoernke (St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit)
2013-14 Academic Year
  • Marilyn Peterson (St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award)
  • Brad Curran (St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence)
  • Michael Hickey (St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit)
2012-13 Academic Year
  • Lissa Van Camp (St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award)
  • Nancy Stevenson (St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence)
  • Deb Schultz (St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit)
2011-12 Academic Year
  • Lyndsey Bergstrom (St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award)
  • Peter Post (St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence)
  • Kathy Kellerman (St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit)
2010-11 Academic Year
  • Mark Constancio (St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award)
  • Tom Kropidlowski & Cari Zelinski (St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence)
  • Margaret Koskinen (St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit)
2009-10 Academic Year
  • Jill Ahles (St. John Baptist de la Salle Outstanding Teacher Award)
  • Pat Bowen (St. Frances Xavier Award for Positive Influence)
  • Kathy Bergholz (St. Anne Award for SMCS Spirit)