Each year, Episcopal administrators partner with Patty and Carl Newton to recognize three outstanding faculty members for their contributions to student education. The Newtons established the Newton Distinguished Faculty Award because of their belief that excellent teachers make a tremendous difference in the lives of students. Congratulations to the 2020-2021 award winners.
Heidi Hebert – Lower School
Tommy Rhea – Middle School
Paige Gagliano – Upper School
The Newtons are grateful for the positive impact that the teachers at Episcopal had on their two children. Through the award, they grant each recipient a stipend in support of their continued professional development. Recipients are able to choose a professional development opportunity of their choice with approval by the Dean of Academics.
While Hebert may have been surprised to receive such recognition, those around her were not surprised to see her honored. “Heidi is an incredible gift to Episcopal,” says Lower School Division Head Beth Gardner. “What stands out to me most, though, is her sincere love for our students. She knows them all by name, knows their quirks and their talents, knows what they care about and what makes them uncomfortable. And in all the right ways, Heidi supports students and grows their confidence.”
There is a tremendous sense of appreciation for educators at Episcopal. “It is always a privilege to recognize the efforts of our outstanding faculty,” says Head of School Dr. Carrie Steakley. “This year, the Newton Awards are an especially meaningful opportunity to celebrate these dedicated teachers who have gone above and beyond to ensure that learning and student growth continue. We are grateful to them for everything they have done for our students, families and each other.”
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