Dozens honored for years of service and sustained excellence
Every year dozens of faculty and staff are recognized at the end-of-year appreciation luncheon. Although we could not all gather this year to celebrate the award winners, we take time to congratulate our Tiger family.
The Board of Directors' Endowment Award is given to both a member of the faculty and staff for sustained excellence in service to St. X. Jim Wagoner and Karen Edlin were the recipients.
Saint Xavier bids farewell to long-time faculty members who graced these halls for a combined 207 years.
Joe Bergamini '73 – 42 years – Joe has been a member of the Business and Technology Department and the Math Department throughout his tenure at Saint Xavier High School. His other roles included coaching basketball for more than 30 years, and coaching baseball. Joe has accumulated school honors over the years, including the Ryken Award, the Herman Miles Award for Service, and the Board of Directors Endowment Award for Faculty Excellence.
Alan Donhoff '72 – 42 years – Alan has served as Saint Xavier High School’s Athletic Director since 1995. The Tigers have won 141 state championships during that time, the most by any other athletic director in school history. Previously, Alan was a member of the Math Department and served as an Assistant Principal. Additionally, he coached basketball coach for seven years. Alan was honored with the prestigious Ryken Award in 2015.
Rick Mattingly '68 – 17 years – Rick has been a member of the Fine Arts Department since starting at Saint Xavier High School in 2003. He has held roles as a music and journalism teacher, and moderator of the St. X yearbook.
Mary Ann Naser – 37 years – Mary Ann has been a Spanish Teacher in the World Languages Department throughout her career at Saint Xavier High School. She also held roles as Department Chair for the World Languages Department and moderated several clubs and activities. Mary Ann was the recipient of the Thomas Borders Award for Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003.
Rick Sorrels – 33 years – Rick began his career at Saint Xavier High School as a faculty member of the Social Studies Department. He later joined our Guidance Department as a counselor. His additional roles included coaching both baseball and football.
Jim Wagoner – 36 years – Jim has been a member of the Health and Physical Education Department throughout his tenure at Saint Xavier High School. He most recently served as chair of that department, and has held other positions, including coach for both football and basketball.
"When I think about these educators, I recall an old retail adage that says, 'Customers remember the service a lot longer than they remember the price.' For these individuals, their wholehearted commitment to their students and colleagues, Catholic education, and the St. X community has been a priceless service, and they will be greatly missed," said Principal Frank Espinosa.
Best wishes in the days to come and know that you will always be a part of the St. X family!
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