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Educators Honored

Caring, dedicated, and selfless are just a few words used to describe Registrar Annette Jay and Social Studies Educator Taylor Blanton. Both were honored recently for their service and commitment to our school, and both are among the many Gibbons educators who inspire us daily with their innovation, commitment, and kindness.

Taylor Blanton, who received the Susan Scott Daly '76 Excellence in Teaching Award, has taught at Cardinal Gibbons for eight years and has been an educator for 11 years. Blanton is actively engaged with the Gibbons school community. He teaches AP US History and Honors Economics and is involved in many activities, including the Cross Country and Swimming teams, History Club, and the Western Europe trip. He is the 11th educator to receive the award. Blanton joins colleagues Pam Heyl, Dan Porter, Dice Hodge, Diane Ripollone, Darsey Williams, Mark DeLaRosa, Michael Friedman, Joan Troy, Angie Melcher, and Gabi Burn ’08.

Commenting on receiving the award Taylor said: “I was honored to have been thought of by my colleagues in this way.  I’m surrounded by many wonderful educators, many of whom have helped me be a better teacher and person, and I’m just thankful that I get to work in a place with such amazing people.”

He said what he enjoys most about teaching at Gibbons is the ability “to live and talk about our Christian faith and values with our students, both inside and outside the classroom.”

Annette Jay, who has worked at Cardinal Gibbons for 40 years, 23 of them as School Registrar, received the Susan Scott Daly ’76 Outstanding Staff Award. During her tenure, Annette has held many roles, including graduation coordinator, Academic Council member, and Homecoming Court coordinator. She is the seventh person to receive the staff award, which started in 2012. She joins Julia McCallum, bookstore and spiritual life assistant, Dale Foushee, former head librarian; Michael Curatolo, assistant principal for student life, Edward McKinnie, facilities maintenance supervisor, Lesley Coe, director of technology, and Kathy Stephens, the school’s business manager for over 20 years.

Principal Jason Curtis has said the awards recognize the school's dedicated educators as well as the Dalys' commitment to Catholic education.

About receiving the award Annette said: “I was very humbled.  There are so many who are deserving of this award and I was really moved that my colleagues chose to nominate me.”

Asked what she likes most about working at Gibbons she added, “The people!  Watching how our students grow, and so many great friends; it’s an extension of my family!

Alumna Susan Scott Daly '76, a former educator, and her husband, Bob, established an endowment fund to ensure support of these important awards on an annual basis. The couple's four sons are Gibbons alumni.

Fellow classroom and office educators nominate honorees for both awards. The awards recognize educators for their contributions to the furtherance of our school's mission and demonstrated commitment to the enrichment of the school community.

Principal Jason Curtis has said the awards recognize the school's dedicated educators as well as the Dalys' commitment to Catholic education.

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