2013 Presentation of Faculty Awards at Graduation

April 24, 2013

At the 48th Commencement Exercises, three prestigious faculty and staff awards were presented. These awards were presented by Head of School, Kevin Reel.

The Sarah H. Hoiles Memorial Award was established in 1997 in the memory of Sarah Hoiles, Class of 1994, and is given to a faculty or staff member who has provided exemplary service to the CSS community, and who shows deep commitment and enthusiasm for teaching, learning, and helping others.

This year’s recipient came to us in 2003 and has taught in multiple grades. Her many 1Y012381Y012381Y01238nominators cited her as caring, cheerful, positive, and gifted with the ability to instill a ‘can-do’ attitude in her students. She is a leader in her division in implementing technology, teaching math, and going above and beyond the call of duty to serve each student, each parent, and the school community as a whole. Her colleagues call her a “delight to work with”, and “an inspiration”, and tell me that “parents respect her and hold her in the highest esteem.” Her passion for teaching holds the attention of her students and infects all around her. This year, we are honored to present the Sarah Hoiles Memorial Award to CAROL MAYBERRY.

The Edward E. Ford Foundation Award is given to a faculty member who epitomizes the school’s concept of teaching, is committed to the growth and learning of students, and has devoted a significant portion of his or her time to classroom studies.

1Y01378This year’s recipient has had a profound impact on CSS students, and the surrounding Colorado Springs community. Noted for taking each student right where they are, and lifting them to a higher level of expression and sensitivity, this teacher is often cited by parents in the end-of-year survey as having a special effect on their son or daughter. Many of his students achieve high reviews on Scholastic Art competitions, and with major art institutes. He has brought opportunity to CSS students by organizing programs that bring visiting artists to campus. He founded the Black Forest League art show, and brought together the Dance-on-Paper collaboration with a local elementary school and a dance company. For the rest of us, he reminds us that the arts are a core subject by keeping art ever in front of us, and has grown the arts footprint at CSS during an era where program growth has been difficult among all schools. For his vision, ability to bring opportunities to our students through community partnerships, and profound impact on individual students, the EE Ford Foundation Award goes to HANS WOLFE.


The Mary Flynn Flemke Leadership in Education Award is given in honor of Dr. Mary Flemke, this school’s sixth Head of School. During her tenure, the school endured many challenges and required a level of leadership among faculty that is still highly valued at CSS. This award is a tribute to the loyal conviction of all our faculty, whose commitment to meeting the myriad educational needs of our students goes beyond the norm on a daily basis, just as it did during those early years of the school. This award recognizes outstanding individual accomplishments in the education of the students and in the advancement of the school. It acknowledges one who leads by example, exceeds the traditionally high standards of teaching at CSS, and who combines the managerial skills to be sure things get done, with the leadership skills to be sure the right things get done.

Th1Y01191is year’s recipient is a long-standing pillar of teaching and the daily life at CSS. He is well-qualified for this award partly because it personally embodies the mission of the school, and partly because of his exceptional loyalty, which was highly valued by Mary Flemke. This teacher is legendary for the high standards of knowledge and experiential education that he requires of his students, and of the athletes on his teams. Somehow, he balances his conscientious teaching and understanding of each student with administrative duties planning the seminars in the Middle School, and in supervising trips with students to exotic places during the summer—we had to cancel that trip to Egypt during Arab Spring, though. Finally, one irrelevant point should not be ignored: he is the only teacher who used to live in the classroom where he now teaches! For his outstanding teaching, leadership, creativity in experiential education, and longstanding loyal service to the school community, the Flemke award goes to AMOS WHITE.

Later this week, in a private faculty and staff lunch, two faculty and staff members will recognized with 10-year academic chairs in celebration of completing 10 years of service to The Colorado Springs School.

Dr. Patti Nelson, Head of Children’s School
Ms. Jennifer Gaskin, Upper School Science

 

This year’s recipient came to us in 2003 and has taught in multiple grades. Her many nominators cited her as caring, cheerful, positive, and gift with the ability to instill her students with a ‘can-do’ attitude. She is a leader in her division in implementing technology, teaching math, and going above and beyond the call of duty to serve each student, each parent, and the school community as a whole. Her colleagues call her a “delight to work with”, and “an inspiration”, and tell me that “parents respect her and hold her in the highest esteem.” Her passion for teaching holds the attention of her students and infects all around her.  This year, we are honored to present the Sarah Hoiles Memorial Award to Carol Mayberry