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2014 Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Excellence in Teaching Awards

Front row, left to right--Mary Okenfuss, Linda Morris, Jennifer Young, Archbishop Carlson, Teresa Killian, Kate Black; back row, left to right--Connie Holbrook, Melissa Liszewski, Kathy Reid, Nicole Wibbenmeyer, Beth Lappe

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented eleven educators with the Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Excellence in Teaching Award at a special ceremony in their honor on May 6 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

Each educator was requried to demonstrate, in writing, as well as with artifact evidence that their implementation of "best practice" instruction, as desribed in the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Seconcary Schools, is consistent and pervasive in their classrooms every day.

One benchmark (7.3) describes "curriculum and instruction for 21st century learning that prepares students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to become creative, reflective, literate, critical and moral evaluators, problem solvers, decision makers, and socially responsible global citizens. Another (7.4) addresses practical use of current technology. Another relates to the engagement and motivation of all students, "addressing the diverse needs and capabilities of each student, while accommodating students with special needs as fully as possible." (7.6)

Benchmark 7.5 provides for instruction that is designed to intentioanlly address affective dimensiions of learning, and 8.3 requires that a variety of assessments, including formative, summative, authentic performance, and student self-assessment be implemented.

Superintendent Mr. George Henry observed that these eleven educators represent some of the "best of the best" of the thousands of outstanding teachers in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Each teacher received a framed certificate and a $500 stipend to be used at her discretion.

This year's Cardinal Raymond L. Burke Teachers of Excellence include:


Ms. Kate Black--St. Ambrose Catholic School, City of St. Louis

Mrs. Teresa Killian--St. Justin Martyr Catholic School, Sunset Hills

 Ms. Melissa Liszewski--Sacred Heart Catholic School, Troy

 Ms. Linda Morris--St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic School, City of Saint Louis

 Mrs. Kathy Reid--St. Ann Catholic School, Normandy

Ms. Susan Rueter--Sacred Heart Catholic School, Valley Park

Ms. Nicole Wibbenmeyer--St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Perryville

 Ms. Jennifer Young--St. Gerard Majella Catholic School, Kirkwood


Mrs. Connie Holbrook--Annunziata Catholic School, Ladue


Ms. Beth Lappe--Trinity Catholic High School, St. Louis

 Ms. Mary Okenfuss--Valle Catholic High School, Ste. Genevieve 



Service and Leadership Rewarded

By Sue Brown, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Mr. George J. Henry, Superintendent of Catholic Education, has been honored recenGeorge Henry addresses 2014 NCEA Conventiontly with two prestigious awards in recognition of his decades of service to Catholic education as teacher and administrator.

On the national level, Mr. Henry received the John F. Meyers Award at the annual National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) convention in Pittsburgh. The award is presented to a person who has received both local and national recognition for his contribution to Catholic education in areas of development, public relations, scholarship programs, financial management and government relations.

Locally, Mr. Henry was recognized with the Sister Mary Ann Eckhoff Leadership Award at the fifth annual Archbishop’s Gala (pictured with his wife, Rosalie) sponsored by the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, (TTEF). The foundation provides monetary scholarships to families who desire a Catholic (or other faith-based) education for their children, but need financial assistance.

Mr. Henry and TGeorge Henry, with his wife, Rosalie, and the 2014 Mary Ann Eckhoff Leadership AwardTEF have raised more than $35 million so far, and the need will continue to grow exponentially because TTEF commits to nine years of support if a child enters in kindergarten and stays through eighth grade. To donate, visit

Mr. George J. Henry will retire at the conclusion of this school year and will be honored at a special event on June 10, 2014.

In appreciation of Mr. Henry's service and commitment to Catholic education, a prayer service will be held at 2:00 PM at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, followed by a reception until 5:00 PM.

All are welcome!

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