As is the tradition during Catholic Schools Week, a member of the faculty and staff received the Providence St. Theodora Guerin Excellence in Education Award. This year’s recipient was Mrs. Karen (Popp) Schueler ’83, who is the director of learning support services. She will represent Providence at the National Catholic Education Association Conference in Baltimore, Md., April 14-16.
Dr. Mindy (Lankert) Ernstberger ’74 lauded Mrs. Schueler before presenting the award after the all-school liturgy last week, noting how Mrs. Schueler makes it her mission to ensure every student has the tools and support they need to succeed here. She also noted her commitment to her faith and to Catholic education.
“[Mrs. Schueler] provides compassion, implements strategies for success, rallies the troops to find solutions, and holds everybody accountable to make sure that every student is well taken care at Providence,” Dr. Ernstberger said. [She] is gifted in ‘giving’ and ‘mothering’ all of us, and I truly believe it is through many of her efforts that we have a strong, caring, and faith community at Providence.”
Dr. Ernstberger noted Mrs. Schueler’s involvement outside of Providence, including her numerous leadership positions in the Deanery, including as a board member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities. She previously was principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and assistant principal at Holy Family School. Mrs. Schueler is a Providence alumna and has seen her four children graduate: Charlie ’08, Jeffrey ’09, Sarah ’12, and Scott ’18. Her husband, Barry, and several of her family members, including three of her grandchildren attended the Mass and presentation.
Mrs. Schueler said she was humbled to receive the award and commended her fellow staff and the faculty for the work they do to ensure the success of students served by the Learning Support Services department.
“I am so grateful for the support I receive from administration, faculty, staff, parents and students,” Mrs. Schueler said. “This award is a feather in my cap but more importantly, a wink from God affirming His presence in my life and to continue my call as a Catholic educator. I truly love what I am called to do.”
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