SJJ Announces Awards to Honor Educators

SJJ Announces Awards to Honor Educators
Posted on 10/06/2020
St. John’s Jesuit Announces Awards to Honor Outstanding Educators

St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy has awarded the Fr. Henry Birkenhauer, S.J., Award for Outstanding Educators to five teachers who were nominated by SJJ freshmen as influential people in the K-8 experience. These recipients are Annette Carroll (Wayne Trail Elementary School); Janice Borger (St. Patrick of Heatherdowns School); Laura Short (Most Blessed Sacrament Parish School); Joe DiMichele (Timberstone Jr. High); and Deacon Brendan Gillen (St. John’s Jesuit Academy). The St. Peter Faber, S.J. Outstanding Administrator Award recognizes an Administrator who has been nominated by a student as influential and a positive role model in leadership in the K-8 experience. This award goes to Elaine Dickendasher (Saint Joseph Parish School Sylvania).

Named for two beloved and influential Jesuits who embraced the mission of Christ through a calling to educate, the awards were given to recipients as determined by students in an essay assignment submitted in September.  Affectionately called the Kindle Awards, they recognize the extraordinary efforts of grade school educators who light the world on fire through their students.

Fr. Birkenhauer taught math at St. John’s Jesuit and returned in later years to serve as rector. He was a math and science instructor at John Carroll University and served as its 19th president. He gained national recognition for his scientific work, specifically for his studies of rocks under the polar ice caps. He was a beloved priest and mentor. Fr. Birkenhauer died in 2003.

St. Peter Faber was one of the first trusted leaders of the Society of Jesus in the 1500’s – the movement initiated by St. Ignatius of Loyola which evolved into the order of the Jesuits. Peter was a “listener”, often called upon by St. Ignatius to draw people together through the love of God.  

Each winner was presented with a plaque and a check for $1,000 at The Kindle Awards Dessert Reception at St. John’s Jesuit on October 22nd.  Chris Knight '78, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, states “We recognize that many dedicated administrators and educators play an important part in the education and formation of our students before they join our high school community. We're grateful for the opportunity to establish these annual awards, named after two extraordinary Jesuits, as a way to acknowledge the contributions of all those who have helped our freshmen on their journey to St. John's Jesuit.”
Founded in 1965 in Toledo, Ohio, St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy is northwest Ohio’s premier Jesuit school for young men.  Part of the largest international educational network of almost 4,000 schools and 3 million students worldwide, St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy is dedicated to forming students of competence and compassion and men for others. 
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