Teachers recognized for years of service

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz spoke with educators, from left, Pam Breunig, principal of St. Dominic School in Springfield, Ky., and Mary Riney and Becky McGuffin, both teachers at St. James School in Elizabethtown, Ky., at the annual teacher appreciation luncheon held Nov. 7 at The Olmsted. (Record Photo by Jessica Able)

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer

Leisa Schulz, superintendent of Catholic schools, told educators Nov. 7 that their faithful witness to the Catholic faith influences the lives of students and their parents.

The Archdiocese of Louisville Office of Catholic Schools recognized 202 teachers at a teacher appreciation luncheon held at The Olmsted.

The annual luncheon honors educators who have taught for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years in Catholic schools in the archdiocese. These teachers serve 19,032 students in 49 Catholic schools located in seven counties of the archdiocese.

Schulz told those gathered for the meal and recognition ceremony that “our ministry calls us to enlist witnesses for Jesus Christ.”

“We are privileged to share our faith with our students and to serve as role models for them,” she said.

Teachers share their stories of faith, of how “we have encountered Jesus in our lives,” Schulz said.

“We go where God has called us to go — into the hearts and minds of children and young people in our Catholic schools,” she said.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz thanked the teachers for their ministry and said they are an essential part of the family of the local church.

“You shape the minds and hearts and lives of young people as well as their families,” he said.

Referring to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, the archbishop thanked the teachers for their “willingness to be informed.” All teachers in Catholic schools here are trained to recognize and report abuse.

He noted that the November episodes of the archbishop’s monthly TV show “Conversations with Archbishop Kurtz” are devoted to the topic of sexual abuse and feature Martin Siegel, victim assistance coordinator, and John Laun, chair of the Sexual Abuse Review Board.

“I will continue to try to communicate with everybody. We are a family that needs to face the truth in love,” he said.

Returning to the topic of education, Archbishop Kurtz noted that a recent study published by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) discussed how young people view the relationship between faith and science.

The study showed that among young people who leave the church, at least one-third of leave because they believe they have to make a choice between following their faith and following science, he said.

The archbishop said he meets regularly with scientists who teach at universities in Louisville. For their next meeting, the group plans to invite two high school teachers, one a theology teacher and the other a science teacher.

It’s his hope, the archbishop said, “to make a case in truth of why it really makes sense to be for science and for faith.”

Following are teachers who were honored at the luncheon.

50 years

Sister of Mercy Mary Corinne Burt,

         Mercy Academy

Joyce Koch, Assumption High School

Joe Kroh, St. Xavier High School

45 years

Pam Raidt, St. Agnes School

40 years

Dan Amlung, St. Xavier

Anne Bahr, St. Martha School

Anne Bainbridge, St. Athanasius School

Cindi Baughman, Assumption

Susan Beck, St. Mary Academy

Joe Bergamini, St. Xavier

Margaret Bowen, St. Joseph School

Dave Bradshaw, St. Xavier

Kathryn Cornett, Our Lady of Lourdes School

Alan Donhoff, St. Xavier

Gina Eberenz, St. Francis of Assisi School

Pat Garr, St. Margaret Mary School

Rick Knoop, St. Xavier

Patricia Perry, Our Lady of Lourdes

Mary Margaret Ralph, Assumption

Karen White, St. Xavier

35 years

Anita Brockman, St. Catherine Academy

John Ellington, Trinity High School

Theresa McClinton, St. Paul School

Mary Ann Naser, St. Xavier

Joseph Norton, Holy Angels Academy

Doris Swenson, Holy Spirit School

Kathleen Willenbrink, St. Leonard School

30 years

Susan Adams, St. Gabriel School

Janice Barry, St. Leonard

Carol Carter, St. Stephen Martyr School

Terri Glotzbach, Holy Angels

Angela Langenkamp, St. Gabriel

Connie McDowell, Bethlehem High School

Jackie Metry, Assumptipon

Joy Moeller, Assumption

Donna Moir, Sacred Heart Academy

Amy Nall, Sacred Heart

Theresa Owens, St. Gabriel

Michelle Pullem, Holy Trinity School

Tony Scheler, St. Xavier 

JoEllen Smith, St. Gregory School

Diane Walsh, St. Edward School

Carol Webster, St. Agnes

Dick Wunderlin, Trinity

25 years

Stephanie Blanford, St. Andrew

Mary Ann Bowman, St. Xavier

Betsy Dragoo, St. Agnes

Mary Flynn, St. Gabriel

Cassie Frantz, Ascension

Patricia Harrison, Bethlehem

Jana King, Sacred Heart Academy

Lisa Mattmiller, St. Gabriel

Becky McGuffin, St. James, Elizabethtown

Vince Muchow, St. Albert

Sister Anna O’Connor, Presentation

Mary Riney, St. James, Elizabethtown

Marina Traub, Holy Angels

Rosanna Vessels, St. Xavier

Janine Volk, Mercy

Todd Walsh, St. Xavier

20 years

Diane Boone, St. Bernard

Tina Chaput, St. Margaret Mary

Debra Corbett, Assumption

Dawn Deweese, Assumption

Suzanne Geiger, St. Martha

Susan Hurst, St. Joseph, Bardstown

Jeremy Jackson, Trinity

Stacy Johnson, Assumption

Kevin Johnson, Holy Trinity

Susan Key, St. Edward

Adam Klein, Trinity

Wayne Kraus, Trinity

Donna Laemmle, St. Margaret Mary

Ellen Martin, St. Albert

Meri Lou Mattingly, Assumption

Alison Milby, St. Agnes

Jody Miller, Holy Spirit

Rebecca Prechtel, Holy Trinity

Mike Reynolds, St. Xavier

Stephanie Schrader, St. Raphael

Paulette Stinnett, St. Gabriel

Chad Waggoner, Trinity

Connie Whiteman, St. Joseph, Bardstown

Alan Wilson, Trinity

Laura Wolz, Our Lady of Lourdes

Catherine Wright, St. Andrew

J0hn Youngblood, Trinity

15 years

Tiffany Bennett, Notre Dame Academy

Susan Bientz, St. Raphael

Tara Brentzel, St. Mary Academy

Kimberly Caruso, Sacred Heart Academy

Jennifer DeLozier, St. Aloysius, Pewee Valley

Caroline Donnelly, St. Agnes

Joanne Ellery, St. Dominic, Springfield

Dawn Fouts, St. Margaret Mary

Marcia Franklin, Sacred Heart Academy

Allison French, St. Albert

Cathy Giangarra, St. Patrick

Anna Maria Goss, St. Michael

Marie Griffin, Sacred Heart Academy

Kathleen Harren, Holy Spirit

Deborah Hudson, Sacred Heart Academy

Lisa Kelly, St. Mary Academy

Rick Mattingly, St. Xavier

Maggie Osborne, Sacred Heart Model School

Bob Scheler, St. Xavier

Beth Shoemaker, Assumption

Karen Sirianno, St. Patrick

Greg Smith, Assumption

Susan Snyder, Sacred Heart Model School

Tommie Stewart, Sacred Heart Academy

Sheila Stocksdale, DeSales High School

Annette Thornsberry, St. Martha

Kitty Wagner, St. Albert

Maura Walker, St. Dominc, Springfield

Mary Rose Weiter, Holy Cross High School

Carrie Wentzel, Sacred Heart Academy

Tiffany Whelan, St. Michael

Karen Widener, St. Michael

Lisa Wieland, Assumption

Adam Zoeller, St. Xavier

10 years

Mark Amick, Trinity

Kristina Becker, Assumption

Ned Berghausen, Mercy

Mandy Bifone, Holy Angels

Cherie Bragg, St. Paul

Nicolas Crider, St. Xavier

Ashley Davenport, Holy Trinity

Amanda Dodson, St. Gabriel

Mary Ann Downs, Bethlehem

Elizabeth Furlong, Holy Spirit

Stuart Hamilton, Bethlehem

Tom Hamilton, Bethlehem

Neil Hulsewede, St. Rita

Craig Kannapel, Trinity

Kevin Klein, St. Xavier

Lara Krill, St. Gabriel

Terri Kurtz, Assumption

Kara Lewis, St. Joseph, Bardstown

Carolyn Marcum, Sacred Heart Model School

Holly McGuire, Trinity

Andy Meirose, St. Xavier

Jennifer Meirose, St. Xavier

Karen Meredith, St. Joseph, Bardstown

Mark Metzger, St. Xavier

Leah Montgomery, Holy Spirit

Tom Moss, Bethlehem

Jennifer Mueller, St. Martha

Angela Muller, Holy Trinity

Anastasia Quirk, DeSales High School

Natalie Quisenberry, St. Rita

Kari Sims, Mercy

Matthew Sommer, DeSales High School

Amanda Stewart, St. Mary Academy

Laurie Swink, St. James, Elizabethtown

Letty Tapia, St. Xavier

Wesley Thomas, Trinity

Jill Vittitow, St. Joseph, Bardstown

Morgan Wissing, Our Lady of Lourdes

5 years

Frances Adams-Ashbrook, St. Edward

Dana Bale, St. Martha

Charlene Bechely, St. Patrick

Dorothy Boone, St. Ann, Howardtown

Amanda Bradley, St. Joseph

Deica Brown, St. Mary Academy

Vicki Bryan, Our Lady of Lourdes

Teresa Cecil, St. Ann, Howardtown

Brittany Coomer, St. Patrick

Carlos Cuenca, Trinity

Brian Dubil, Holy Angels

Heather Dumstorff, Our Lady of Lourdes

Kirk Eckstein, Our Lady of Lourdes

Kelli Eckstein, St. Mary Academy

Mary Gates, St. Albert

Keith Graham, Bethlehem

Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp, Sacred Heart Academy

Patrick Heintz, Trinity

Kevin Hulsman, Holy Spirit

Rhoda Jacoby, Immaculata Classical Academy

Sarah Kreme, Bethlehem

Shelley Lampe, Immaculata

Brandon Lewis, Mercy

Michael McCormick, St. Xavier

Jared Meyer, Immaculata

Chloe Mitchell, Sacred Heart Academy

Lacy Moore, St. Margaret Mary

Eileen Moore, St. Xavier

Claire Mulloy, Sacred Heart Academy

Bobby Nichols, St. Xavier

Juliana Norton, Holy Angels

Lisa Radcliff, St. Agnes

Jill Reed, St. Dominic, Springfield

Dawn Renner, Immaculata

Terry Rogan, St. Gregory, Samuels

John Rudolph, DeSales High School

Tammy Sallee, St. Dominic, Springfield

Barbara Schweickart, Presentation

Scott Spinetto, Assumption

Emily Thompson, Holy Trinity

Joseph Tronzo, St. Xavier

Martha West, St. James, Elizabethtown

Grace Yann, St. Mary Academy

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