Faculty and staff closed another memorable school year at St. Paul's as Headmaster David Faus recognized their excellence at the Headmaster's Closing Ceremony. Mr. Faus thanked the faculty and staff for their hard work, reviewed the successes of the year, and presented several awards.
E.E. Ford Summer Sabbatical Grant
This annual grant is intended to provide a summer off - a sabbatical to do something special for personal renewal and professional growth. The 2017 E.E. Ford Summer Sabbatical Grant was awarded to Neil Weyhing. "He uses humor and an ability to connect collectively and one-on-one," said Upper School Head Dr. Joel Coelman. "He cares deeply about the well-being of his students and is willing to engage with them on a significant personal level."
Alec Schweizer Award for the Advancement of Teaching and Coaching
The Alec Schweizer Award for the Advancement of Teaching and Coaching was given by the Schweizer family in memory of Alec. It is intended for a teacher-coach to provide an opportunity for his/her entire family. The recipient is selected by a vote of the Heads of School and the Athletic Director. This year's recipient, Sam Kaplan, has taught and coached at St. Paul's for many years. "He is totally committed to helping students develop in all different ways in the Upper School," said Athletics Director Paul Bernstorf. "He is an integral cog in the coaching staff."
John Pforr'56 Teacher-Coach Award
The John Pforr '56 Teacher-Coach Award was established by John Pforr '56, a loyal Crusader athletics fan. This award will be presented annually to promote and uphold St. Paul's tradition of the teacher-coach model. Recognizing the outstanding contributions of a Middle School, Assistant Varsity, or Head J.V. Coach in the classroom and on the playing field, this award provides a generous stipend for the winner to pursue professional development related to their role as a coach and/or teacher. This year's recipient, Calynd Gee, is always ready and willing to take on a new challenge and do whatever she can to help the school, according to Bernstorf. "This year she took on an extra teaching assignment and moved up to coach the JV tennis team when asked. She did all this while doing an amazing job with her classes and while working on her Master's degree."
Shelley Meyer Unsung Hero Awards
The Shelley Meyer Unsung Hero Awards are named for the late Shelley Meyer, a former recipient whose energy, diligence, and willingness to help anyone at any time reflected the spirit of this award.
The St. Paul's Technology Support Team - made up of Jeff Yingling, John Boerner, and David Arbaugh - was presented with the award. "This team goes unnoticed, because of how successful they are – in keeping everything up and running and working so that we can do our jobs every day. When things go wrong, they keep us informed; when we need something fixed, they come as quickly as they can; there is no 'stupid' question. They are respectful, kind, unassuming and, frankly, the best technology support team I have encountered," said Faus.
Edward B. Freeman Excellence in Teaching Awards
Each year up to three Freeman Awards for Excellence in Teaching are given to outstanding teachers with a minimum of three years' experience at St. Paul's who are returning the following year.
Lower School: Natalie Krayenvenger
"She finds a way to connect with each one of her students on a personal level, understanding that each child needs something a little different. She stresses a growth-mindset for her students and for herself, and has worked tirelessly to encourage growth in her colleagues," said Lower School Head Dr. Bryan Powell.
Middle School: Calynd Gee
"If ever there was person born to be a teacher, a person who embodies the fundamental principles of great teaching, a consummate professional who consistently reflects on their craft, it is this year's recipient," said Middle School Head Chris Cox. "When a student enters the classroom, this teacher immediately has the boy's attention. Through essential questions, posting learning outcomes, and clear guidelines the students are well equipped to tackle the day's challenge."
Upper School: Bonnie Adachi
Upper School Head Dr. Joel Coleman described Adachi as someone who keeps "maintaining that fine line between firm support and firm expectations, mercy and justice, rewards and consequences that approaches the balance of parenthood, and do that so well that you become a second mom to a generation of students."
Edward B. Freeman for Outstanding Service to St. Paul's
The Freeman Award for Outstanding Service to St Paul's is given to an outstanding member of the staff or administration. Jennifer Schneider was presented with this award for her hard work and for being an employee who embodies the school's missions. Assistant Head of School for Academics and Innovation Susan Kearney presented the award to Schneider saying, "She is a rare gem and a gift to this school. For her love of St. Paul's and her care for those here that she serves, for all she has contributed professionally and personally for more than two decades, and for her contributions in the years to come."
Edward B. Freeman Award for Service and Teaching Excellence
Each the Freeman Awards for Service and Teaching is given to outstanding faculty and staff with a minimum of 10 years' experience at St. Paul's who are returning the following year. This year's winner is Danny Taylor has served as the school's Maintenance Director for decades. "Danny is a teacher, working hand in hand with our Lower School faculty to make the lessons of physics practical and accessible; Danny is the visionary and executor who thinks about the probable and makes it possible regardless of whether it is moving the Upper School, building a parking lot or coalescing a team. The Ethics of our Fathers instruct us to Learn and To Teach, To Observe and To Act. Danny, you are this example to us all," said CFO Rahel Rosner.
Years of Service Awards
Matt Conant, US English
Caroline Dengler, US Academic Support
Janice Dunkerley, Brooklandwood Assistant
Tavon Hazel, Maintenance
Deb Heacock, LS Student Services
John Hendricks, Dean of the Arts
Bob Keal, MS English Chair
Michelle Lamoureux, MS Spanish
Jonathan Lindsay, Bridges
Kelly Meck, US Registrar
Bryan Powell, LS Head
Jennifer Priddy, 4th Grade Teacher
RJ Ramgopal, US Mathematics
Tammy Rice, Kindergarten Teacher
Anissa Rose, Human Resources Director
Stacy Simons, Third Grade Teacher
Erin Stamper, Upper School Science
John Boerner, Senior Support Specialist
Jason Stine, US Physics
Aki Julian, US Japanese
Diana Koska, Fourth Grade Teacher
Jeff Yingling, Systems Administrator
Sara Porter, LS Spanish
Ashley Webber, School Store Manager
Neil Keenan, LS PE Coordinator
Howdy Knipp, MS Science
David Wilson, Maintenance
Mary Witter, Lower School Mathematics
Rick Collins, MS History
Lee Mueller, Ward Center Director
John Thorpe, US Religious Studies, IB Coordinator
Howdy Knipp, MS Science