The Diocese of El Paso Catholic Schools held their SEED Awards Banquet on Thursday night. The annual banquet honors the achievement of the teachers in the area’s Catholic schools.
Each school’s Teacher of the Year is recognized and a Diocesan Teacher of the Year is chosen from among them. The SEED Awards also recognizes the contributions made to Catholic education by school’s support staff, volunteers, alumni, and benefactors.
This year’s Master of Ceremonies was The Bridge’s (1150am) On Air Personality and Radio Program Director, Joe Garcia. Guest speakers included Interim Superintendent Steve Sanchez and Majors Gifts Officer from the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso Sofia Larkin.
The dinner was an elaborate affair. The tables absolutely gorgeous. At the SEED awards, everyone was a star.
This year’s winners include:
Support Staff Awards:
Juan Carlos Perez, Margarita Ponon, Adriana Chavarria, Lauren Rodriguez, Rosa Simental, Angelica Botello, Brenda Burrola, Laura Truhill, Ruben Dominguez, Terry Yanez.
David Carrejo, Ph.D., Ana Jimenez, Scott and Liz Espinoza, Yvonne Salazar, Marisela Scott, Michelle Shuman, Martha Nevarez, Sister Mary Ljumgdahl and Delia Vega.
Ed and Yvonne Davis, Dr. Teresa Cortez, The Mary L. Peyton Foundation, Wanda Michaud, Javier Villava, Pamela Duarte, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Porras, Alex Aguirre, Dr. and Mrs. Miguel Velasquez, Pablo Ornelas.
Mario Vasquez, Jeausita De La Cruz, The Honorable Judge Kathleen Olivares, Gerardo Sanchez, Larry Villalobos, Mike Dipp, Eeica Puertas, Desirae Gallegos.
The Teacher of the Year for each school:
Cathedral High School: Marco Ortigoza
Father Yermo Elementary: Yvonne Pina
Father Yermo High School: Dr. Carolyn Marie Leforreta
Loretto Elementary School: Cecilia Diaz
Loretto Middle and High School: Nicole Cobb
Most Holy Trinity: Esperanza Renovation
Our Lady of the Valley School: Michael Garcia
St. Joseph School: Teresa Perez
St. Matthew Catholic School: Amanda Murillo
St. Patrick Cathedral School: Julian Salcido
St. Pius X School: Patricia Martinez
Overall Teacher of the Year: Patricia Martinez
Each of these recipients works hard to preserve Catholic education in El Paso. With schools closing, like Our Lady of Assumption and Our Lady of the Valley who will be closing, it seems almost a losing battle.
The Catholic Diocese of El Paso is working to maintain the schools and their current and future enrollment. Maybe you can help? If you would like to help support Catholic education in El Paso, donate to your Parish school, of they have one.
Of not, contact any Catholic school and see what they need. You just may make a difference in someone’s future.