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SMG School’s Mary Buchler Wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Tuesday, January 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
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SMG’s Computer Teacher Mary Buchler Wins Excellence in Teaching Award


Mary Buchler displays her award at the Breakfast with the Bishop
on January 15, 2016. Pictured are Diocese of Joliet Bishop R. Daniel Conlon,
Mary Buchler and SMG’s pastor, Reverend James Schwab.


Every year, the College of Education at the University of St. Francis in Joliet selects one teacher from among the +900 teachers in the Diocese of Joliet to recognize for his or her contributions to education and achievements in the classroom.


This year, that award was given to someone within our own community — Mary Buchler! Congratulations to Mrs. Buchler, the school’s computer teacher and technology director, who was awarded the Bishop Joseph L. Imesch Award for Excellence in Teaching at the “Breakfast with the Bishop” on January 15, 2016.


To qualify for the award, teachers must possess a spirit of leadership and commitment, demonstrate an excellence in teaching, be a Christian role model, and serve the educational community by sharing personal talents and time for the greater good of the whole educational community.


Frank Glowaty, St. Mary of Gostyn School’s associate principal, said “We are very proud of Mrs. Buchler for her untiring efforts over the past 29 years to keep our school on the cutting edge of educational technology.” He cited a few examples of the technology initiatives Buchler has implemented at SMG’s school, often before other area schools:


» Surface RT tablets or Chromebooks for each middle school student (grades 5-8), for school/home use 24 hours a day, seven days a week
» iPad Centers in kindergarten through grade 3 classrooms; Lenovo ThinkPads in all grade 4 classrooms
» Interactive whiteboards, LCD projectors and document cameras in all classrooms
» Two computer labs
» Campus-wide Wi-Fi connectivity
» Google classroom platform to help middle school students prepare for high school
» Edline online grading system for grades 6-8 (with student and parent access)


“Because of our school’s long-standing commitment to strong academics and Mrs. Buchler’s knowledge of innovative uses of classroom technology, our 8th grade graduates have achieved success in both public and private high schools including Benet Academy, Montini Catholic High School and Nazareth Academy,” Glowaty added.


The Bishop Joseph L. Imesch Excellence in Teaching Award was established in 2000 in recognition of the late bishop’s commitment to Catholic education. USF’s College of Education invites schools in the diocese to nominate a faculty member, from which it selects one outstanding teacher to give the annual award.


The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering 40 undergraduate programs, four degree-completion programs and 15 graduate programs, including two doctoral programs. Programs are offered in arts and science, business, education, nursing and health care and social work.


Other Pictures:


 From L to R:  Univ of St Francis President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., Diocese of Joliet Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, Mary Buchler and Univ St. Francis College of Education Dean, John Gambro From L to R:  Rev. John Belmonte, S.J., Ph.D. Superintendent, Catholic Schools, Rick Cronquist, SMG Principal, Mary Buchler, Frank Glowaty, SMG Associate Principal Bishop R. Daniel Conlon,  Mary Buchler, Daughters Sara and Nora 

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