It's Teacher Appreciation Week 2019, so we thought it's the perfect day to say thank you to Notre Dame's extraordinary teachers, present and past.
The following collection of articles and conversations posted over the course of the last several years highlights Notre Dame's extraordinary faculty and staff. The postings, which are located on the school website, range from short video interviews and student memories to articles taken from Q&As and interviews.
Find out why Notre Dame teachers are different — and why they make such an extraordinary commitment to education.
A scientist and her students
Veteran Notre Dame teacher cites the school's caring environment as critical to turning out exceptional students.
Texas transplant thrives at NDPMA
Notre Dame campus minister, originally from Houston, helps students "see the presence of God in their lives," finds NDPMA community to be super caring and supportive.
'Doing the work of Mary' in the lower division
Longtime lower-division teacher says teaching students the skills to be lifelong learners and good Christian people is most important to her.
'Being there for the kids'
Notre Dame teacher completely gets special middle-school dynamic; finds a home for herself and her three children.
Care comes before cosines
Longtime Notre Dame math teacher says he goes out of his way to show that his students are loved and cared for.
Lower division music teacher has a background in ragtime and jazz, says providing her students with a safe and loving environment among her top priorities.
New lower school teacher brings years of teaching, tech experience to Notre Dame.
Planting for the future
New botany teacher and greenhouse manager is sowing seeds for a strong and vibrant future at Notre Dame.
'Best school ever'
Physics teacher says her circuitous journey to Notre Dame may have been predestined.
Denise Mahoney says the year working as an assistant in the counseling office was perfect preparation for her new position; also wants to focus on the school mission and reducing stress levels for students.
Notre Dame middle-school teacher named state debate coach of the year
LeAnne Schmidt honored on Mackinac Island by the Michigan Speech Coaches Incorporated (MSCI).
40 years and counting
Notre Dame faculty and staff surprise Fr. Joe Hindelang, s.m., Thursday with a special celebration as he nears 40 years as a priest.
Parent, enseignant, advocat
Mary Jane Williams has been a school parent, teacher and all-around advocate for Notre Dame for many years.
Notre Dame teacher works to connect with middle schoolers through academics, faith and a relatable sense of belonging.
Notre Dame art teacher receives 'Inspiring' award
Notre Dame visual arts teacher Sandy LewAllen received the inaugural "Inspiring High School Teacher Award" at the 2018 Scholastic Art awards ceremony, which was held at the Detroit Film Theatre.
The science gal
Notre Dame chemistry teacher says she hopes her students are inspired to go far in the fields of science.
Strength program gets stronger
Notre Dame's strength and conditioning coach gets highest certification from national association.
The best of two worlds
Middle division art teacher is thriving as educator and illustrator.
Hard work and art get together in one determined teacher
Teaching art to more than 12,000 students at five high schools, three colleges, and yes, one jail has solidified this 71-year-old artist’s reputation from Kalamazoo and Marquette to southeast Michigan.
On a middle-school mission
“My first impression of Notre Dame was super amazing,” Marisol Aguilar said. “I fell in love with this place immediately. I could feel that the school had a very peaceful environment, and people in the Notre Dame family have welcomed me whole-heartedly ever since my interview.”
‘Unruffled’ and completely dedicated to the students
Longtime fixture on campus says Notre Dame always has taken pride in its academics.
Potatoes are the 'Maine' thing for retired teacher's family
Retired Notre Dame teacher still helps out on the family farm in New England.
From psych major to middle school
Notre Dame middle-school teacher finds her niche in working with 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
Upper division teacher and Wolverine fan says boosting student confidence a big part of his job.
Why she loves teaching and why she loves teaching at Notre Dame
In this video, part of a series of videos on representatives of Notre Dame's exemplary faculty and staff, Kimberly Anderson, a Spanish teacher in the upper school and coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, talks about why she is a teacher and then why she loves teaching at Notre Dame.
In the right place
Notre Dame teacher Bob Patterson says one of his dream jobs might be coaching alongside Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University. But this now twelve-year member of the NDPMA faculty—and coach—thinks teaching third graders is a privilege and can’t really picture himself doing anything else.
Social studies teacher talks about why he teaches and why he teaches at Notre Dame
In the first of a series of videos on Notre Dame faculty members, upper-school social science teacher Dave Osiecki talks about why he became a teacher and—more importantly—why he teaches at Notre Dame.
One of a kind
Many-layered, textured, gruff, kind, stubborn, witty, hilarious.
Fifth-grade teacher inspires as once he was inspired
Notre Dame Marist Academy fifth-grade teacher Paul Frank became a teacher because of teachers.
Teaching life lessons a big part of athletics
Notre Dame’s assistant athletic director Maureen Radulski says that among other things, playing sports builds character.
Anthony Butorac, a teacher at Notre Dame Prep and chair of the school’s English department, is living his “prep school” dream.
NDP teacher interested in how and why, not so much what
Notre Dame upper-school social studies and political science teacher Pete Riley thinks one of the most important parts of his job is making sure his students understand how and why, not just what they learn in the classroom.
NDMA gains after teacher loses battle with “Him”
Now in his second career, Notre Dame Marist Academy middle division religion teacher Mark McGreevy says it’s the best move he’s made after a 25-year first career as an architect.
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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org