St. Mary's Teacher Honored

EDUCATORS HONORED —Pictured (l-r): Cindy Menzel, St. Mary School, Bellevue; Suzanne Seyler, St. Bernard School, Omaha; Teresa and Rollie Johns, 2019 co-chairpersons; Todd Foje and Amy Foje, 2019 chairpersons; Nancy Abboud, honorary chairperson; Archbishop George J. Lucas, Diane Vaiskunas, Madonna School and Community-Based Services, Omaha; Mike Dempsey, Gross Catholic High School, Bellevue; Karen Schmeichel, St. Mary High School, O’Neill; Jennifer Fiscus, St. Rose of Lima School, Crofton; Nancy Hochstein, Holy Trinity School, Hartington; and Marsha Kalkowski, Marian High School, Omaha. Courtesy photo

OMAHA —The Archdiocese of Omaha honored eight outstanding educators on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the 42nd Annual Archbishop’s Dinner for Education at the Embassy Suites – La Vista.

Nearly 1,000 guests celebrated Catholic education while paying tribute to eight of the archdiocese’s finest educators. Each honoree received a $5,000 award.

The event program featured remarks from Archbishop George J. Lucas, Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Michael Ashton and award honoree Marsha Kalkowski.

Chairpersons for this year’s dinner were Amy and Todd Foje and co-chairs Teresa and Rollie Johns. Honorary chairperson was Nancy Abboud. Funds raised by the benefit are given to the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha (CSF) to provide scholarships to low-income students to attend our Catholic schools.

This year’s honorees included Karen Schmeichel of St. Mary’s Catholic High School in O’Neill who was one of two educators to receive Educators of the Year - Secondary award.

In January of each year schools and parishes throughout the archdiocese submit nominations for Educator of the Year awards. Nominations are reviewed by an honoree selection committee which selects eight teachers and administrators who demonstrate a strong personal commitment to Catholic education and give service above and beyond the ordinary. The eight selected educators are honored at the Archbishop’s Dinner for Education the following fall.

Catholic schools (PreK-12) located within the Archdiocese of Omaha educate more than 19,000 students in 17 high schools and 54 elementary schools.

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