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February 3, 2013

Providence teacher/administrator wins state’s top honor

CLARKSVILLE — Our Lady of Providence Jr.-Sr. High School in Clarksville announced Thursday that Assistant Principal-Director of Students Scott Hutchins has been chosen as the Indianapolis Archdiocesan recipient of the Saint Theodora Guerin Excellence in Education Award. This award is the highest honor for Catholic educators in the archdiocese, which includes 2,000 teachers at 69 schools.

A 1991 graduate of Providence, Hutchins is in his seventh year as an administrator and his 17th as a chemistry teacher and assistant baseball coach at the school. He was notified of receiving the honor at an all-school assembly following a liturgy to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.

Hutchins said he was humbled to have been selected.

“More than anything, I’m just so thankful I can get an award for doing what I love to do every day,” Hutchins said in a release. “It may sound cliché, but getting to do what I love is already a reward in itself.”

Providence Principal Mindy Ernstberger  said Hutchins’ dedication to Providence, its students and its mission made him the ideal candidate for the award. 

“As a man of great personal faith, Scott is truly dedicated to Catholic education for the right reasons,”  Ernstberger said. “He brings prayer and a true understanding of ministry to his job every day, never losing sight of the mission and vision of our school and the well-being of our students.”

The Saint Theodora Guerin Excellence in Education Award is named after the foundress of St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Terre Haute, who established the mission with a small group of Sisters of Providence in 1840. The award was created to honor exemplary teachers in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for their dedication and commitment to the Catholic teaching profession and to the students they serve.

Hutchins was one of nine finalists from throughout the archdiocese nominated by their pastors, principals, colleagues and school parents as outstanding examples of what it means to be a Catholic school educator. He will represent Providence at the April 2013 National Catholic Educational Association convention in Houston. He also will be honored at the summer 2013 archdiocesan administrator’s conference in French Lick. The remaining nominated teachers will be honored at their schools.

Providence English teacher Kathryn Jacobi was one of six recipients of the Saint Theodora Guerin Excellence in Education Award in 2009. Since then, the award is given to only one educator annually.

 

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