Marist administrators Br. Hank Hammer, fms, and Larry Tucker '79 presented the school's esteemed Champagnat Educator Award to teachers Theresa Coy, Deacon Andy Neu '78, and Jerry Sullivan during the last all-school mass of the year on Monday, May 22. The award recognizes those who share similar traits with St. Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers.
Theresa Coy grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, and met her husband Kevin when both of them competed on track at Loras College. They have been married for 14 years and have two sons, Michael who is in seventh grade and Marc who is in fifth grade. At Marist, Mrs. Coy has been a member of the science department and a girls' track and cross country coach as well as being a member of the faculty faith formation committee.
Deacon Andy Neu '78 was raised in St. Linus Parish in Oak Lawn. Wise man that he is, he chose to attend Marist High School and graduated in 1978--the same year he met his future wife, Cindy, whom he married in 1983. They have two adult daughters Katie '07 and Anna '10. Deacon Neu serves as the school chaplain, overseeing campus ministry, retreats, and spiritual programming. He also serves as the yearbook and liturgy committee moderator.
Jerry Sullivan grew up in Mt. Greenwood and attended St. Procopius College, now known as Benedictine University in Lisle. He met his wife Gayle while both were working at Jewel during their college years. He has taught science for 39 years and cherishes his time spent teaching in the Marcellin Program, which serves students who have learning differences. His son Matt is a Marist alum, too. The 2016-17 school year marks Mr. Sullivan's last year at Marist: He looks forward to time spent in Florida fishing, golfing, and playing tennis.
Br. Hank explained that the recipients see what they do as vocation as much as occupation, they believe that Catholic schools are vital to our community, and they know that to make Jesus Christ known and loved that they first have to know and love Jesus Christ themselves. To be eligible to receive this award, the recipients must have worked at least 10 years at Marist Chicago. The winners are determined by the nomination and votes of the past years’ Champagnat Educator Award recipients.
Previous recipients who still currently work at Marist are Mrs. Alex Brown, Mrs. Cathy Chambers, Mr. Randy Coe, Mrs. Holly Cox, Mr. Mark Gervais, Mr. Owen Glennon, Brother Rich Grenier, Mr. Patrick Hennessy, Mr. John Hyland, Mr. Joe Inzinga, Mrs. Bonnie Littleton, Mrs. Ruth Maloney, Mr. Sean Maxwell, Mr. Don Pirkle, Mr. Patrick Quinn, Mr. Don Richardson, and Mr. Larry Tucker.