By Randy Kirby
Marlo Siron, a 1991 Sacred Heart High School graduate, was named Sacred Heart’s Teacher of the Year for 2013 at the conclusion of Mass Friday afternoon in the sanctuary.
“I’m very shocked to say the least, I’m very excited – this award means a whole lot to me,” Siron remarked after receiving the Teacher of the Year award presented to her by Sacred Heart Foundation School President John Swearingen. Siron grasped the plaque and tears welled up in her eyes as students, teachers, administrators and family members applauded her efforts.
“This is my 13th year in education, my 12th year at Sacred Heart. I’m going to keep doing it, I love it,” she said moments after the presentation, which caught her completely off guard.
Siron was told (for secrecy purposes) that her mother would be the award recipient this year. “I wore my ‘jammies!” she exclaimed when accepting the award, witnessed by the entire Sacred heart student body. This week is not only Catholic Schools Week, but Spirit Week as well (Homecoming was held Thursday night).
Mrs. Siron, who teaches K-12 and also serves as Sacred Heart’s Technology Coordinator, is married to her husband Sean. They have two daughters — Taylor and Emma.
Dianne Withers, Parish secretary, was named the 2013 Sacred Heart Alum of the Year. David Dick, Sacred Heart Alumni Foundation, presented the award to Mrs. Withers.
“I started in the summer of 2008,” Withers said of her current position.
Withers was not quite as shocked about her award as Siron. “I knew ahead of time, because David Dick tried to tell me my mother was getting it,” she smiled. “I asked her and she tried to lie to me and I knew something was up.”
Withers grew up in a house across the street from Sacred Heart, where her mother now resides. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.