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Faculty and Staff Awards

Every year dozens of faculty and staff are recognized at the annual end-of-year appreciation gathering. 

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. Rebecca Reisert and Cheryl Williams were the recipients.

Additional award winners are listed below:

  • Chad Bader – Herman R. Miles Teaching and Community Service

  • Tyler Spears – Xaverian Brothers Faculty Excellence Award

  • David Stack – T.S. Borders Faculty Award

  • Kyle Yochum – Coach Joseph F. Maupin, Sr.

Saint Xavier bids farewell to long-time faculty members who graced these halls for a combined 143 years. We begin our Teacher Spotlight with Mr. Arnold Drury.

Arnold Drury Hon. '19 

  • • 45 years of service to St. X

    • Taught PE, Health, and Driver's Education

    • Coached Varsity football for 12 years

    • Served as Assistant Principal for 22 years



Gary Gruneisen '73 

• 37 years of service to St. X

• Taught Theology, Business Administration, Social Studies, Developmental (Excel) Reading, Campus Ministry, Retreat Program, Service Program, and FBLA

• Coached Basketball, Baseball, and Football 

• Fondest Memory:  Retreats, graduations, receiving the Ryken Award

• What are you looking forward to in your next chapter?: Recovering my health, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with my daughter and future son-in-law

Rick Knoop 

• 27 years of service to St. X

• Taught Science, German and Choral Music. I started both the AP German course and Choral Music as a class

• Moderator for Tiger Chorus and German National Honor Society, Co-Moderator of German Club and Liturgical Music Team

• Fondest Memory: Encouraging students to develop their potential in growing spiritually, academically, and in the power of musical performance. Opening students to the GLOBAL experience through travel has been an amazing adventure. Of course, there are the HIGH points and GRAND moments, but each day, each encounter has enriched me, as I hopefully have reached out and encouraged student growth.

• What are you looking forward to in your next chapter?: Travel, consulting, continued service to FAMILY,  church, and community, while also pursuing my interests in music and language study.  In addition to using my German skills, I also want to work on Spanish.  And part of the path of retirement is to "to whatever's good as opportunities present themselves"

Theresa Neichter

• 15 years of service to St. X

• Taught biology and chemistry; Science Density Chair for 11 years 

• Fondest Memory: Working with so many wonderful students and colleagues. Seeing a student's face light up when he mastered a difficult concept. Seeing former students and hearing about all their successes. 

• What are you looking forward to in your next chapter?: Spending more time with my husband Bill, who is also retired. Plan to do lots of travel, and the first trip is to Hilton Head and Charleston in June. 


Dr. Beatriz Pacheco 

• 16 years of service to St. X

• Taught English to sophomores and freshmen at all levels and spent several years as the Excel Coordinator; Director of Learning Differences. 

• Proctor for the Academic Team's Future Problem Solvers and the school's KYA group for several years. Assistant swim coach for three years. 

• Fondest Memory: There are truly too many to pick just one. I believe that obtaining my doctorate with Dr. Perry Sangalli on my dissertation committee was truly the high point of my career. I will fondly remember all of my outstanding colleagues and their kindness and hard work with our wonderful students. Perhaps most importantly, I will always cherish the times that I was privileged to work with students at all different levels at Saint Xavier, whether it was in the classroom, proctoring a club, or assistant coaching at a swim meet.

• What are you going to do next?: I will be working for Moreland University as a director of learning support and also teaching in the masters in special education and masters in educational leadership programs.

• What are you looking forward to in your next chapter?: Continuing to have an impact on students through my work with training educators all over the world.

Annalee Abell

• 3 years of service to St. X

• Taught Geography/U.S. History, Freshman Volleyball Coach

• Fondest Memory: Coaching volleyball, but specifically going undefeated the first season. I have loved teaching at St. X. The students and faculty have meant so much to me during my time here.

• What are you going to do next?: Moving on to teach at Washington Jesuit Academy in Washington, DC, which is an all-boys school for low-income kids

• What are you looking forward to in your next chapter?: I am most looking forward to spending the summer in Lodwar Kenya with the Xaverian Brothers, and for my new adventures in Washington, D.C. 

Best wishes in the days to come, and know that you will always be a part of the St. X family!

Lastly, we celebrated our faculty and staff, who celebrated their anniversary years of service to St. X.








Eric Caudill

Danny Blaser

Ben Cottrell

Mike Brockman

Greg Cambron

Mike Littell

Arnold Drury

James Holden

James Frank

Josh Mullin

Chris Gold

Maureen Heitzman



Kelly Logsdon

Chad Lyons

Theresa Neichter

Ben Kresse

Cathy Reynolds



Megan Stearman

Linda Oliver

Kelly Stratman

Janet Madras

Jim Stairs




David Stewart

Matt Yarborough

Brian Mitchell





Jill Tucker







Chris Willman






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