The Annual Archbishop's Dinner For Education

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Please join us on Thursday, September 12 at Embassy Suites in La Vista. A social hour begins at 6:00 p.m., with dinner and evening program at 7:00 p.m. Further details are available at the link below.

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2019 Honorees

Administrators of the Year

Mike Dempsey, Gross Catholic High School, Bellevue

Jennifer Fiscus, St. Rose of Lima School, Crofton

Educators of the Year - Elementary

Cindy Menzel, St. Mary School, Bellevue

Nancy Hochstein, Holy Trinity School, Hartington

Educators of the Year - Secondary

Marsha Kalkowski, Marian High School, Omaha

Karen Schmeichel, St. Mary High School, O’Neill

Educators of the Year - Special Education and Inner City

Funded by the Maginn Family Foundation

Suzanne Seyler, St. Bernard School, Omaha

Diane Vaiskunas, Madonna School & Community Based Services, Omaha

Nominate a 2019 Educator of the Year!

Please select a nomination form from the following list.

Educator of the Year

Educator of the Year, Inner-City / Special Needs

Educador del Año (español)

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Recognizing the extraordinary dedication and strong personal commitment of teachers
and administrators to Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

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Recognizing the extraordinary dedication and professionalism of those who educate children under special circumstances in an atmosphere of love and respect.

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Reconociendo la dedicación y el profesionalismo extraordinarios de quienes educan a los niños en circunstancias especiales en un ambiente de amor y respeto.



The Archbishop’s Dinner for Education, which takes place each September, is a celebration of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Omaha. Currently in its 41st year, the event provides an opportunity to publicly recognize the dedication of our Catholic school educators, to thank those who support our schools, and to raise scholarship funds for low-income students to attend Catholic schools.

Each year eight outstanding teachers and administrators who demonstrate a strong personal commitment to Catholic education and give service above and beyond the ordinary are honored as “Educators of the Year” at the Archbishop’s Dinner for Education. Each honoree receives a $5,000 award.

Proceeds from the event are used to fund scholarships which enable a greater number of children to attend Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese. Scholarship dollars raised are administered through the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha.

Below is Archbishop Lucas along with the 2018 honorees and chairpersons for the 2018 event:

For more information about the Archbishop’s Dinner, please contact:

Kara Wesely

402.557.5650 ext. 1905

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2018 Archbishop's Dinner for Education Honorees

Meet the 2018 award-winning educators.

2018 Honoree Speech by Stacey Fanciullo

Administrators of the Year

One Administrator of the Year award funded by the Past Chair Endowment

William Huben
Principal, St. Wenceslaus (Omaha)

“There is no greater joy or blessing than being able to work in a Catholic School. Coming to work every day and seeing these little ones and sharing their love of Jesus makes every day a gift from God.“
– William Huben

Andy Bishop
Principal, Holy Family (Lindsay)

“It’s important for school administrators to look at every aspect of the school and see if there are areas for improvement and if it’s within our means to make the improvements. It’s the same philosophy for taking care of kids – are they improving, do they need additional help or services or do they need new programs or curriculum?”
– Andy Bishop

Educators of the Year


Stacey Fanciullo
Pre-K–8th Music and Art, St. Bernadette (Bellevue)

“Mrs. Fanciullo is more than our music and art teacher, she is the heart of our school community. Her
talents and presence bring joy to our students, teachers and staff. Her words and action reflect her Christian character and her heart is clearly at the center of everything she does.” 
Christian and Angela Davenport, St. Bernadette parents

Jan Starman
3rd and 4th Grade, St. Boniface (Elgin)

“One of Jan’s wonderful qualities is that she sees each child as an individual who needs direction. Each student is educated and challenged in a way that is best suited for the student. She is creative and innovative in her teaching approach. She sets high standards for herself and her students and then works hard to see that they are met. She is constantly broadening her knowledge, improving her skills and sharing with her peers what she has learned.”
– Betty Getzfred, St. Boniface principal

Educators of the Year


Rev. Stephen Plank, O.S.B.
French and AP Psychology, Mount Michael (Elkhorn)

“Fr. Stephen is a superb educator because of his intense preparation of his students. My ability to study in France and Mount Michael’s stellar test scores in the national French exam are testaments to his superior teaching and dedication.” 
– Paul Hotovy, former student and current Mount Michael faculty member

Eric Kessler
7th–12th Math, Athletic Director, St. Francis High (Humphrey)

“I have never thought of teaching or coaching as a job. I really enjoy being around young people and having a small role in helping them achieve and grow. I try to instill in my students a strong work ethic, confidence that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to and a positive attitude, as life is not necessarily about what happens to you but how you react to those things.”
– Eric Kessler

Educators of the Year

Special Education & Inner City

Funded by the Maginn Family Foundation

Jenny Bradley
Preschool Director and Pre-K, Holy Name (Omaha)

"Mrs. Bradley is a gentle builder, leader and bridge maker. Every child in her class is special and
deeply loved. Her work touches and transforms families in our neighborhood. Our diverse and
multicultural representation requires unique skills and devotion. She does not discriminate;
she treats her students with love, dignity and with the utmost attention. She empowers them
to dream and seek their God-given potential.”
– Rev. Vitalis Anyanike, Holy Name pastor

Cheryl Morgan
4th-Grade Teacher

“Cheryl has so much love in her heart for her students! She consistently finds ways for her students to engage in service learning. She has impacted the lives of so many students who have passed through her classroom.”
– Rev. David Korth, Sacred Heart pastor