Feb. 27, 2019 – West Bend, WI – With a bit of a delay, St. Frances Cabrini finally managed to present the 2019 Mother Cabrini Award. Normally the honor is the highlight of Catholic Schools Week, but following a snow delay, followed by another snow day and then an encore snow day …. the award was finally presented Tuesday afternoon in the gym at St. Frances Cabrini.
The annual Mother Cabrini Award was established in 1988.
The committee consisting of winners from three previous years, as well as, the Principal and the Pastor reviewed criteria which is considered but not limited to include: Perseverance, Missionary Zeal, Simplicity and Educational Mission.
This year’s winner has been a teacher with St. Frances Cabrini for some time now.
She has been described by her co-workers as an honest and fair person in the building.
She leads by example and is always pushing for the betterment of all kids in our building. She has been involved with: multiple hiring committees, created the duty schedule, helped design the academic schedule for teachers over the summer, and leads 2 Together Event Committees.
She is a leader and people value her opinion. At the end of the day life is simple for her, she loves her family, and loves this school.
I am proud to announce that this years Mother Cabrini Award Recipient is Mrs. Emily Graper.
“I was very surprised,” said Graper. “It’s an honor to be chosen but I just see it as I’m here to do my job and help the kids with their education.”
Graper is a 2004 graduate from Slinger High School. She then went on to receive her degree from Marian University in Fond du Lac.
Graper started at St. Frances Cabrini as a kindergarten teacher in 2009. “My first class from when I started is now in eighth grade,” said Graper. “It’s cool to see them grow and the impact of a parochial education has really been evident. We’re educating the whole child, it’s about having a spiritual basis and having a purpose and showing kindness and compassion to people and it’s great to see it in their character.”
“Mother Cabrini is an example of someone who is driven by her love of children,” said Graper. “That’s a great basis to start our school and our classroom.
“Faith is a part of our day. We talk about it from the minute we walk in to the last thing we say before we walk out the door; Mother Cabrini is inspiring to us.”
Past winners include: Mrs. Gardon, Mrs. Endlich, Mrs. Vogel, Mrs Taylor, and Mr. Mac.