ARCHDIOCESE NAMES 2008’S HEART OF SCHOOL AWARD WINNERS
Fourteen Elementary and High School Teachers in Seven Categories
Chicago, IL (January 18, 2008)— Fourteen elementary and secondary educators and non-administrative professional staff members have been named by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools as Heart of the School award winners for 2008. These individuals are being recognized for their outstanding, unique and innovative accomplishments in seven categories: The Arts, Behind the Scenes, Catholic School Identity and Mission, Innovation and Creativity, Leadership, Rising Star and Technology.
” This year’s Heart of the School Award recipients are shining examples of the thousands of high-quality educators in the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools. Their vital contributions to the spiritual formation and academic development of our students are what truly makes Catholic schools so special,” said Dr. Nicholas M. Wolsonovich, Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Chicago.
The 2008 Heart of the School award-winners were chosen from a potential pool of more than 5,200 educators from 256 schools in Cook and Lake counties. Each winner will be presented with a pin, commemorative plaque and a monetary award at a breakfast gathering on January 25 at the Windham Hotel in Chicago. (The monetary awards were provided by the following corporate sponsors: Benziger Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Catapult Learning, CDW-G, Comcast Corporation, Lifetouch National School Studios, Private School Aid Service, QSP/World’s Finest Chocolate, and School Specialties, Inc.)
By category, the 2008 Heart of the School award-winners are:
- Behind the Scenes,for non-administrative staff persons who contribute to unique program successes:
- John Pham of Chicago is the network administrator at Guerin College Preparatory High School in River Grove , and in his first few weeks at the school, he helped design, develop, test and create a working image for 350 laptop computers. He also teaches an Information Technology (IT) course where students learn computer repair, formal logic, technical support and other IT skills. For more information about Guerin College Preparatory High School, located at 8001 W. Belmont Ave. in west suburban River Grove, visit www.guerinprep.org or call 708-453-5233.