The Cabrini Distinguished Educator Award is given to elementary school teachers who do an outstanding job preparing their students to succeed in high school. This award was established in order to recognize these teachers for the invaluable contributions that they make toward the formation of our most outstanding high school students.

2009 Distinguished Educator Honorees

Patricia Allo, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School - nominated by Janie Golden'13, Brenna Kennair'13, & Ashlyn Murray'13; Lisa Benoit, St. Charles Borromeo School - nominated by Rebecca Heraty'13; Ed Caire, St. Agnes School - nominated by Emeral Delorenzo'10; Connie Cassini, St. Pius X School - nominated by Elizabeth Hoerner'11, Margaret Hoerner'10, & Asia Molezion'12; Pam Catalano, St. Rita School - nominated by Jessica Hidalgo'11; Karen Donnelly, St. Francis Xavier School - nominated by Sarah Bienes'10; Emma Fiorella, St. Dominic School - nominated by Jodilee Trapani'11; Melanie Gaumond, St. Mary Magdalen School - nominated by Kelsey Bradbury'10 & Kate-Lyne Hecker'12; Zetta Gauthe, Immaculate Conception School - nominated by Jasmine Evans'12; Crissy Giacona, St. Matthew the Apostle School - nominated by Kristen Schulz'12; Jane McGovern, Lake Castle Private School - nominated by Tracy Mai'12; Carolee Miller, St. Edward the Confessor School - nominated by Rachel Eskine'11; Marilyn Powell, Lynn Oaks School - nominated by Elaine Meyers'10 and Stephanie LaFrance'13; Janie Roberts, St. Andrew the Apostle School - nominated by Clare Messina'12; Sue Stein, St. Christopher School - nominated by Kayla Hampton'12; Bianca Trittel, St. Cletus School - nominated by Cassi Ernst'12.


Origin & History of the Award

The genesis of the award came from the recognition paid by a Louisiana university to selected outstanding high school teachers. Scholarship students at the university were given the opportunity to nominate the high school teacher who made the greatest positive impact on them during their secondary school years. Two Cabrini teachers have been honored with this award.

For many years, the administration and students at Cabrini considered various ways to honor those elementary school teachers who prepare the outstanding students who come to Cabrini. This award is the result.

The inaugural Distinguished Educator Awards Ceremony was held on May 5, 2009 (National Teacher Day) in Cabrini's historic Sacred Heart Chapel. A reception in Alumnae Hall immediately followed the ceremony.

Nomination Process

Cabrini students who have demonstrated outstanding character and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are given the opportunity to nominate the elementary school teacher who made the biggest positive impact on their lives.

Each eligible student submits an essay about the impact their nominee had on them and why. The essays are reviewed by a committee comprising Cabrini faculty and staff, which selects the annual honorees for the Cabrini Distinguished Educator Award.