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St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School new faculty and Staff for the 2017-2018 school year (pictured from l to r): Clara Talley, Emily Gustafson, Chiquita Paulson, Libby Ellman, Mary Sell, Jessica Green, Jenny Howell, Marshall Lawlor, Theresa Nelson and Kerrie Chaliff.

 

St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School is pleased to welcome new faculty and staff  for the 2017-2018 school year. We look forward to the energy and talents these individuals will bring to our school.

Jenny Howell has joined the staff as Director of Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Howell will oversee the Johnny Davis Early Childhood Center, providing leadership and vision for the school’s 2 through 4-year-old program.  Mrs. Howell has extensive experience developing and leading early childhood programs, as well as experience as a classroom teacher.  Most recently, she taught kindergarten at Tara Oaks Elementary School where she was a State of Tennessee Read to Be Ready classroom instructor.  Previously she was the Executive Director of Educational Ministries at Farmington Presbyterian Church and Day School where she led a staff of 40. She successfully implemented a new academic program and religious curriculum leading to growth for the preschool, after school, summer camp and Vacation Bible School programs. Mrs. Howell also has experience teaching in the Shelby County Schools and served as a lead teacher and Camp Director at Faith Lutheran Preschool and Church.  Mrs. Howell has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M University and is an active member of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. She volunteers with Girl Scouts Heart of the South as a troop leader and Camporee Director.

Theresa Nelson will be our new assistant in the Early Childhood Center. In this role she will manage the front desk in the ECC, as well as provide assistance in all the classrooms. Originally from Colorado, she and her family moved to Memphis three years ago from North Carolina after her husband retired from the military. Mrs. Nelson is very involved with the scouting program and is currently a board member for Girl Scouts Heart of the South. She also instructs two scout troops and serves on the board for Collierville High School girls lacrosse. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fort Lewis College.

St. Dominic School is pleased to welcome Libby Ellman who will teach 2nd grade. Ms. Ellman joins St. Dominic from Freedom Prep Academy where she has been the 2nd grade lead teacher. She previously taught both 2nd grade and 4th grade at Our Lady of Sorrows School. She spent a year working as a paraprofessional at Paschal Sherman Indian School in Omak, Washington, through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and Americorps.   Ms. Ellman has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Christian Brothers University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. She serves as the Vice Chair of Outreach for Junior Achievement of Memphis Young Professionals Board. She is also an Ambassador with Memphis 3.0, a member of the Junior League of Memphis, and a Board Member of the New Memphis Institute Embark Alumni Board.

Marshall Lawlor will be joining SAA-SDS as the St. Dominic 4th grade teacher. Born and raised in California, Mr. Lawlor has been a resident Memphian for the past three years.  He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis, one of the top ten public universities in the U.S.  He was selected for the Teach For America program from a pool of 40,000 applicants and is coming to SAA-SDS from the Shelby County school system. Mr. Lawlor is an avid outdoorsman and merged his appreciation for the great outdoors with his teaching talents this summer as the Leadership Training Director at Camp Jack Hazard, a summer adventure camp located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  

Mary Sell will be the St. Dominic Kindergarten Assistant working with lead teacher Kelly Mungle. Ms. Sell taught at St. Francis of Assisi for the past 11 years. During that time she was the 3K Lead Teacher and taught PLUS classes.   In 2009 the Catholic Diocese presented her with the Sr. Ruth Ann Schmitt Award for Special Needs Education. Mrs. Sell also has prior experience teaching in the Shelby County Schools where she taught 1st grade as well as 6th grade science, math and social studies. Mrs. Sell has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Memphis.

Jessica Green will teach 5th and 6th grade science for both St. Agnes and St. Dominic. Ms. Green has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Christian Brothers University, where she was a member of the Buccaneers basketball team. She has been teaching Life Science in the Middle School at Lausanne Collegiate School.  Previously she taught Chemistry at Arlington High School and was a Biology lab instructor at Mid-South Community College.  In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Green will coach the St. Agnes Upper School basketball team. Ms. Green has had success coaching at both the collegiate and high school level.  She was the basketball coach at Arlington High, leading the team to the school’s first state championship appearance. She was the Head Middle School Coach for Lausanne and the assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Mid-South Community College.

Chiquita Paulson joins the St. Agnes-St. Dominic faculty as the Middle School Music Teacher. With over 37 years of teaching experience she brings a wealth of knowledge to our students.    She is Orff Level Certified and most recently was an Orff Music Teacher with the Shelby County Schools, teaching K-5 and leading 4th and 5th grade choir. Prior to that she was the music and choral teacher at St. Ann Elementary School for over 30 years. Mrs. Paulson taught pre-school through 8th grade music and 5th -8th grade choir.  She also has 30 years of experience with adult choirs and community theatre. She has a Bachelor of Music Education, K-12 and is a member of the National Association for Music Education. 

Clara Talley will teach English in our Jr. High.  Mrs. Talley has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Christian Brothers University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rhodes College. An experienced educator, Mrs. Talley has over 10 years teaching experience in both Catholic and Shelby County schools.  She taught at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School for five years where she created the school’s gifted program. She taught gifted classes for grades 1-8, as well as reading language arts and science for grades 4 and 5.  Since 2011 she has taught in the Clue program at White Station Middle School meeting the needs of gifted learners.  She has participated in the West Tennessee Writing Project/National Writing project serving as a teacher consultant and member of the Advocacy Council. The Memphis City Schools recognized her as TEI Irreplaceable, ranking her among the top 10% of MCS teachers.

Emily Gustafson returns to the St. Agnes Academy Upper School where she will teach French. She previously taught at SAA during the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Gustafson brings more than 15 years experience in the study of French language, literature, philosophy and culture, as well as experience travelling in Europe. She has an M.A. in French from the University of Memphis and a B.A. in French and Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. She has been a tutor and Graduate Assistant at the University of Memphis teaching French 1010 and French 1020.

Kerrie Chaliff, a 2013 graduate of St. Agnes Academy, will be the Administrative Assistant to the Upper School Dean. Kerrie just graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Political Science. She is a familiar face on our campus as she has worked as a counselor in our Extended Day Program and Summer Camp for several years. She has experience as a Customer Service Representative with MidSouth Premier Insurance, and she has coached volleyball with the Memphis Metro Volleyball Club.

 

 

 

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Reprinted from the Commercial Appeal: , USA TODAY NETWORK – TennesseePublished 12:07 p.m. CT July 26, 2017 | Updated 1:28 p.m. CT July 26, 2017

 

The hits keep coming for Rachel Heck.

Just two weeks after a successful debut at the U.S. Open, the St. Agnes sophomore was announced Wednesday as the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Athlete of the Year Wednesday in a fan vote, released by USA TODAY High Schools on Wednesday.

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At 15, Heck was the youngest competitor at this year's Open and finished at 2-over, tying her for 33rd. Earlier this summer, she won the prestigious Rolex Junior National in North Carolina.

Last fall, she captured the Division II state tournament by 15 strokes, finishing at a tournament-record 10-under.

Last month, the Stanford commit was named girls high school golfer of the year by USA Today. She has committed to play at Stanford.

“Rachel’s game is very impressive. Her focus on the course seems natural,” St. Agnes coach Cynthia Giannini said. “One of her strengths is she has fun while playing. Being calm and collected on the course allows her to concentrate and stay focused on one shot at a time.”

Heck’s closest competitor in the vote was McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) lacrosse star Maddie Jenner, who finished with nearly 40 percent of the votes. The two combined for more than 85 percent of the 86,000 votes cast.

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The St. Agnes Academy Shooting Stars wrapped up an outstanding trap season with a strong performance at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Championships the week of July 8-July 15.

The Stars defeated every other all female team they competed against at Regionals, State and Nationals. SAA rising sophomore Ainsley Harrington dominated the season winning every ladies JV tournament. She captured the SCTP Regional and State titles. The team advanced to Nationals where Ainsley repeated as the champion of Ladies JV Handicap.  Ainsley is ranked 5th in the nation in Doubles Trap and 8th in the Nation in  Ladies Junior Varsity American Trap.   At the National competition SAA rising junior Hannah Roberts placed in the top 25 in the JV division, and senior Allison Raney had a top 25 finish in the varsity division.

Ainsley was selected to the All National SCTP Team. This recognition is awarded for excellence in both shooting and academics.  Additionally she and teammate Grace Franklin were named to the State of Tennessee All Scholastic team.  Alexandria Ferrante was the recipient of a scholarship from the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. She is one of only 105 student athletes in the nation to be awarded a scholarship based on factors including SCTP/SASP participation, academics, and a written essay.

 

Pictured is the SAA Shooting Stars Trap Team: (Left to Right)- Ainsley Harrington, Allison Raney, Sydney Shirley, Alexandria Ferrante, Emma Elder, Grace Franklin, and Hannah Roberts.  

 

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The U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has selected St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School teacher Julia Schuster for the 2017-2018 Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Fellowship. Mrs. Schuster, who teachers Jr. High Theology at SAA-SDS, is one of only 76 teachers throughout the US who have been selected to participate in the program this year.

TGC is an intensive fellowship program for teachers to explore the themes and applications for global education in their classrooms, school and community. The TGC program begins with a ten-week online professional development course in the fall of 2017. Next Mrs. Schuster will participate in a Global Education Symposium in Washington, D.C. in February 2018 followed by a two or three week international field experience in one of the participating TGC countries. She will travel with a cohort of other U.S. teachers for the international field experience and have the opportunity to meet with teachers and educational leaders in these countries.

Known as the “global teacher” for many of the initiatives she has started, Mrs. Schuster has made quite an impact on her students since she began teaching at SAA-SDS in 2007. Every year she organizes the 7th grade trip to the Heifer International Global Challenge where students spend two days experiencing life in a third world country. Several years ago she formed a student organization, Global Ambassadors. Mrs. Schuster and the Global Ambassadors connected with the Saruwe School in Selous, Zimbabwe and began a partnership that has lasted eight years.  As the liaison between St. Agnes-St. Dominic and the Saruwe School, Mrs. Schuster coordinates the Emily Fund collection, which raises money to help feed the students at the Saruwe each day.  In addition, she took on the huge task of raising funds to build a much-needed water well at the Saruwe School.

"One can never truly know and understand a person or culture until he or she sits down in a classroom or across a dinner table, spends time sharing life stories, plans and challenges. The world needs people who are willing to laugh together, share hopes and dreams, fears and failures, and become true friends who work together toward common goals to make the world a better place,” Mrs. Schuster said.

“The goal of the TGC program is to build networks of teachers from all over the world who can connect professionally and help their students better understand the way people live, work and learn in different countries and cultures. Through participating in this program, my hope is to then help our teachers infuse their lessons with global connections, no matter the discipline, as a way of broadening our students' perspectives,” Mrs. Schuster added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School is pleased to announce that Jenny Howell will be joining the staff as Director of Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Howell will oversee the Johnny Davis Early Childhood Center, providing leadership and vision for the school’s 2 through 4-year-old program.  Mrs. Howell has extensive experience developing and leading early childhood programs, as well as experience as a classroom teacher.

“We look forward to the energy and enthusiasm Jenny Howell will bring to our Early Childhood Center,” said Tom Hood, President, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School.  “In this position, Mrs. Howell will focus on the academic and spiritual needs of our youngest students.  She will collaborate with our team of dedicated, caring educators as they nurture each student's development in a joyful and loving environment.”

Mrs. Howell joins St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School with over 15 years of experience as an educator and director.  Most recently she was a kindergarten teacher at Tara Oaks Elementary School where she was a State of Tennessee Read to Be Ready classroom instructor.  She implemented STEM-based learning projects in the classroom and coached the robotics team to state competition.

Previously she was the Executive Director of Educational Ministries at Farmington Presbyterian Church and Day School where she led a staff of 40. She successfully implemented a new academic program and religious curriculum leading to growth for the preschool, after school, summer camp and Vacation Bible School programs. She also has experience teaching in the Shelby County Schools and served as a lead teacher and Camp Director at Faith Lutheran Preschool and Church.

“I was attracted to St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School because the school has a rich history of academic excellence along with a strong Catholic foundation. I am looking forward to becoming part of the St. Agnes-St. Dominic family!”  said Mrs. Howell.

Mrs. Howell has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M University.  She is an active member of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students and has served as the group’s vice president. She volunteers with Girl Scouts Heart of the South as a troop leader and Camporee Director.

 

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The Summer Spotlight contains the information you will need to prepare for the start of school in August.  Summer assignments for grades 1-8, as well as textbook, uniform and grade-specific news are included. Click here for Summer Spotlight

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Relax this summer and get ready for a year of productivity and success here at SAA.  Don’t forget to do your summer math and your summer reading for English class to get this year started off on the right foot. Click here for Summer ePacket

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Congratulations to the St. Agnes Academy Class of 2017. This Class has earned $9 Million in scholarships for academic, athletic, art, leadership and service achievements. They have been accepted to 90 colleges and universities in 27 states from Hawaii to Massachusetts and New York to Texas. They have volunteered almost 9,500 hours of service to the community throughout high school. The Class of 2017 includes talented artists and actresses, scientists, mathematicians, writers and athletes. They have excelled academically and been leaders on our campus.

We wish our newest alumnae much success and happiness as they begin their college career firmly grounded in the Dominican pillars of Study, Prayer, Community and Service.

 

Valedictorian- Abby Heck

St. Agnes Academy Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Abby Heck, distinguished herself as an outstanding scholar and athlete during her 13 years as a student at St. Agnes Academy. In the fall, she will attend the University of Notre Dame where she will play Division 1 golf on a full scholarship. She plans to study Pre-Med.

Abby earned recognition as a National Merit Commended Student and earned AP Scholar honors.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, and Rho Kappa National Honor Society. She is a four-year member of the Beta Club and served as President. She is a member of the STEM Club, Spanish Club and served as captain of the golf team. She has volunteered as a math tutor.

An exceptional golfer, Abby began playing golf when she was only six years old.  She competed as a member of the SAA Stars varsity golf team for five years and helped lead the STARS to state championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Abby won individual back-to-back state titles in 2014 and 2015. She was named a Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps Finalist for four years and named Golfer of the Year for two years.  Abby is also a decorated American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) player. Since 2014, she has four top-five finishes in AJGA events as well as six additional top-10 showings. Abby competed in the 2016 U.S. Girls Junior Championship, advancing to the Round of 64. She was named to the American Junior Golf Association 2015 Junior All-Star Team, and was the 2015 Bubba Conlee National Junior Champion.

Salutatorian- Allison Raney

St. Agnes Academy Salutatorian Allison Raney will attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville where she was awarded a University of Alabama Huntsville Charger Excellence Scholarship and a University of Alabama Huntsville Charger Excellence Housing Scholarship.  Allison is a National Merit Commended Student and earned AP Scholar with Distinction recognition.  She served as the captain of the St. Agnes Mathletes team and as Vice President of the STEM Club. During the summer of 2016 Allison was one of only 40 students accepted to the prestigious Tennessee Governor's School for Computational Physics at Austin Peay State University where she studied college level topics combining physics, calculus and computer science.

Allison is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Rho Kappa National Honor Society.  She served as the President of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, as well as Treasurer & Secretary of the National Latin Honors Society. An accomplished violinist, Allison has been a member of the Memphis Youth String Orchestra and the St. Agnes Ensemble. She is a four-year member of the SAA Trap Team.  She has been a member of Girl Scout Troop 10068 at Lindenwood throughout high school, and is active in the Senior High Youth Group at St. Louis Church.

In addition to the University of Alabama, Huntsville, Allison was also accepted to the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Notre Dame.  She was offered admission to Christian Brothers University where she received a Presidential Scholarship, a Catholic High School Grant, and a Christian Brothers University Alumni Scholarship. She earned an Austin Peay State University Presidential Scholarship, a General Assembly Merit Scholarship and the Tennessee Hope Educational Scholarship.

Third Honors - Alexis Seward 

Alexis Seward earned Third Honors in the St. Agnes Class of 2017.  Alexis will enroll at the University of Georgia where she was awarded a University of Georgia Classic Scholarship. Alexis attended St. Agnes Academy for 15 years. An outstanding leader, she served as president of her class for four years. She founded and served as president of the St. Agnes Debate Club, was president of the National Latin Honor Society, and was a founding member of the Barbara H. Daush Leadership Institute. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society. She earned AP Scholar recognition for her performance on AP exams, and she was selected to participate in the St. Jude Scholars of Tomorrow Program. 

A four-year member of the St. Agnes varsity soccer team, Alexis was named as a State Finalist for the Wendy’s Heisman Award which program recognizes the nation's most esteemed high school seniors for excellence in academics, athletics, and community involvement. As a senior she was named offensive player of the year and earned all region honors. Strongly committed to community service, she is the founding member of Brian's Touch, a nonprofit organization that she started in memory of her uncle. She serves as a Special Needs Buddy, volunteers in the ECC at St. Agnes-St. Dominic, and tutors students at St. Michael's School.

 Alexis was named a University of South Carolina Capstone Scholar and a McKissick Scholar and received a University of South Carolina Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship. She earned a Rhodes College Cambridge Scholarship, a University of Tennessee Volunteer Scholarship, a Clemson University Out-of-State Academic Scholarship, and an Auburn University Academic Heritage Scholarship. She was also awarded a Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship, a General Assembly Merit Scholarship and a Tennessee Hope Educational Scholarship.

 

The following Departmental Academic Awards were presented during the Baccalaureate:

English

Literature Medal

Elisabeth Stockley

Writing Medal

Nicole Simon

 

Fine Arts

Drama Medal

Maegan Moore

Music Medal

Elizabeth Elrod

Visual Arts Medal

Caroline Conrad

 

Mathematics

Abby Heck & Allison Raney

 

Science

The Mertie Buckman Medal

Abby Heck

 

Social Sciences

The Mr. Bill Cate Excellence in Social Sciences Medal

Maegan Moore & Elisabeth Stockley

 

Theology

The Saint Agnes Medal

Katie Posey

 

World Languages

The Dr. Joy Maness Excellence in French Medal

Cailyn Ratliff

 

The Mr. Frank R. Martinez Excellence in Spanish Medal

Abby Heck & Elisabeth Stockley

  

The members of the Class of 2017 were offered admission to the following colleges and universities:

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Arkansas State University, Jonesboro

Auburn University, Auburn, Al

Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

Baylor University, Waco, TX

Belmont University, Nashville

Bethel University, McKenzie, TN.

Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL

Christian Brothers University, Memphis

Clemson University, Clemson, SC

College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO

DePaul University, Chicago

Drury University, Springfield, MO

Fordham University, Bronx, NY

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ

Hawai'i Pacific University, Honolulu, HI

Hendrix College, Conway, AR

Indiana University, Bloomington

Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN

Lipscomb University, Nashville

Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Loyola University of Chicago

Manhattan College, New York City

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Maryville College, Maryville, TN

McKendree University, Lebanon, IL

Memphis College of Art

Miami University, Oxford, OH

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro

Mississippi State University, Starkville

Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

New York University Tandon School of Engineering, New York City

Niagara University, Niagara, NY

Ohio University, Athens, OH

Pace University, Pleasantville, NY

Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN

Pepperdine University, Seaver College, Malibu, CA

Rhodes College, Memphis

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Saint Louis University. St. Louis, MO

Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

Samford University, Birmingham, AL

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Sewanee, the University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Southwest Community College, Memphis

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, NY

St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn, NY

Tennessee State University, Nashville

Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

Tennessee Wesleyan University, Athens, TN

Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth

Tulane University, New Orleans

University of Alabama, Huntsville

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

University of Arizona, Tucson

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Central Missouri

University of Central Oklahoma, Warrensburg, MO

University of Dallas

University of Georgia, Athens

University of Kentucky, Lexington

University of Memphis

University of Mississippi, Oxford

University of North Alabama, Florence, AL

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

University of South Carolina, Columbia

University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, KY

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

Westminster College, Fulton, MO

William Woods University, Fulton, MO

 

 

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Julia Schuster, the 2017 recipient of the Albertus Magnus Award which recognizes excellence as an educator, is pictured with her daughter Mary Kate and her husband Peter. 

 

St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School Jr. High theology teacher, Julia Schuster, is the 2017 recipient of the Albertus Magnus Award. The award, presented annually by the St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School Board of Trustees, recognizes an outstanding educator who demonstrates the four pillars of the Dominican charism - Study, Prayer, Community and Service.

“Mrs. Schuster’s creativity, natural curiosity, and passion draw her students into the joy of learning about their relationship with God,” said Kathy Boccia, Dean, St. Agnes Academy Lower School. “Mrs. Schuster gives her students permission to think, to talk through their ideas, and to be risk takers. They know that she respects them and that she is willing to listen as they grapple with issues that confront them each day. Stepping into her classroom, one can sense that special things are happening that will transform the lives of her students,” said Mrs. Boccia.

Known as the “global teacher” for many of the initiatives she has started, Mrs. Schuster has made quite an impact on her students since she began teaching at SAA-SDS in 2007. Every year she organizes the 7th grade trip to the Heifer International Global Challenge experience. She is the liaison between St. Agnes-St. Dominic and the Saruwe Junior School in Zimbabwe. She coordinates the Emily Fund collection, which raises money to help feed the students at the Saruwe each day and funds projects including building a water well for the school.

Mrs. Schuster was presented the Elizabeth Anne Seton Award for Teaching Excellence from the Diocese. She is a member of the Dominican Associates and volunteers regularly with Manna House. She is an active parishioner at St. Louis Catholic Church where she is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a Sacristan. A talented writer she has published two books, Flowers for Elvis, a novel set in Memphis, and The Ingredients of Gumbo, a short story and poetry collection. She is also a writer for diocesan West Tennessee Faith Magazine. She and her husband Peter have a daughter, Mary Kate, who is a graduate of St. Agnes Academy.

 

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St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School honored students with the presentation of the Dominican Torch Award during the School's celebration of the Feast of St. Catherine. The Torch Awards recognize those students who exhibit, by their example, the four pillars of the Dominican charism: Prayer, Study, Community and Service. Students are nominated for this honor by their classmates and teachers, and the awards are presented quarterly.

Pictured from l. to r. (Row 1): Maddie Kyle, Anna Catherine Deeney, and Jake Kustoff; (Row 2): Stella Billups, Olivia Henderson, Annie Wray, Holden Robinson and Harper Poppenheimer.

 

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