Faculty and staff closed another memorable school year at St. Paul's during a virtual ceremony where Headmaster David Faus recognized their excellence, dedication, and hard work. Mr. Faus thanked the faculty and staff for their creative and innovative approach to distance learning, 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 sabbatical to do something special for personal renewal and professional growth. The 2020 E.E. Ford Summer Sabbatical Grant was awarded to Matt Byars. He has almost two decades of service in the St. Paul’s Middle School, where, in addition to teaching English he is an advisor, dean, team leader, and Director of Service and Experiential Learning. He is described by his colleagues as a “Jack of all trades,” funny, relentlessly upbeat, and a Renaissance man. Outside of his official duties, he found time to start and run the MS Radio Station, serves as public address announcer for multiple Crusader sports teams, and produces and hosts multiple podcasts for St. Paul's and for National Public Radio.
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 a dream opportunity for his or her entire family. This year's recipient, Dan Zimmerman, has devoted countless hours of his time to his students by teaching Spanish in the upper school while coaching two sports and serving as a faculty leader for the Honor Council. “When he commits to something he dives in with both feet and does an excellent job. He takes great pride in his work and has a great sense of humor,” said Athletic Director Paul Bernstorf.
The John Pforr ’56 Teacher-Coach Award
The John Pforr ’56 Teacher-Coach Award is presented to a teacher-coach for professional development. This year’s recipient, Shaun Kilduff, coaches two teams and throws his heart and soul into coaching. “I enjoy listening to his successes and challenges after each contest. He always has some great stories about the bus ride or what coaching decision he made or did not make that affected the game, as well as how his students played,” said Mr. Bernstorf. “What I really enjoy, is hearing his passion to be a better teacher and coach.”
Shelley Meyer Unsung Hero Award
The Shelley Meyer Unsung Hero Award is 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. Mr. Faus presented this year’s award to the Maintenance Team. “Always ready and prepared to jump in when asked, they are tireless, committed, enthusiastic, and supportive,” Mr. Faus said.
Edward B. Freeman Excellence in Teaching Awards
Each year the school presents Freeman Awards for Excellence in Teaching to outstanding teachers with a minimum of three years' experience at St. Paul's who are returning the following year.
This year the middle school presented this award to Michelle Lamoureux. Middle School Head Chris Cox said that she, “has been a critical piece if not the architect for the middle school global program.” He listed her many efforts as a teacher, advisor, coach, and department chair, including taking on taking on additional work and
In the upper school, this award went to R.J. Ramgopal. Upper School Head Howard Schindler described him as an, “excellent human who is caring, compassionate, and can relate to the students in a special way that allows them to feel supported and that their voices are heard.” Mr. Schinlder continued, “He challenges the students as well, pushing them toward honesty and integrity. In addition, he is insightful and can masterfully identify guys who are struggling emotionally and academically and jumpstart the supports for them. Equally important, he is a valuable and caring colleague. He looks out for those that work with him and helps out any way he can.”
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. Catherine Robinson received this year’s award. Mr. Bernstorf described her as, “incredibly unselfish with her time and dedication to SP.” He added, “She is always professional and knows when to nurture students and when they need a little push to get reengaged. She follows up with parents on a daily basis and communicates with everyone so well. She goes above and beyond her job to help anyone who needs it.”