St. Agnes Academy Upper School English teacher, Dr. Kathy Zanone, is the 2018 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.
Dr. Zanone joined the Upper School faculty in 1997, and her dedication to her students and passion for learning are evident to all.
Members of the Class of 2018 submitted nominations supporting Dr. Zanone for the Albertus Magnus Award. Senior Kendall Stallings wrote, “Dr. Zanone’s passion for teaching is truly inspiring. As one of her current students, I can sincerely say that there is no teacher held in higher regard by students. She is by far the most influential teacher I have had at St. Agnes, and she has a gift for instilling in her students a desire to learn. She has an evident love for English, though she teaches as many life lessons as she does lessons about literature and writing. Finally, she demonstrates a clear commitment to the four pillars and an admirable dedication to teaching.”
Dr. Zanone serves as Chair of the English Department and teaches Honors and AP English 3 and 4. She is the yearbook advisor/journalism teacher, senior class sponsor, and the Upper School Summer Program Coordinator. Additionally she serves on the Teacher Excellence committee. Dr. Zanone earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of Alabama, and Doctorate in English from the University of Mississippi. Her daughter, Anna, is an eighth grader at St. Agnes Academy.
Dr.Kathy Zanone is pictured above with Jim McCullough, Chair of the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees, and Joy Maness, Dean of the Upper School.