Sacred Heart teacher Marcia Turner was named Educator of the Year for 2014 during a ceremony held Friday afternoon at Sacred Heart Church in Sedalia. Presenting her with a bouquet of flowers is Kayla Turner. Also with her was her husband Dave Turner.
John Swearingen made the announcement in front of the Sacred Heart student body.”She has inspired her students for years and continue to be a mentor for those who had her (in class),” he said.”She is cherished in this school community, and is a remarkable lady who teaches skills valued not just in her disciplines, but in life at large.”
A former student and 20-year colleague noted that Turner “is a master teacher. She has the ability to communicate with her students and help them see the world in a different way. Her solid presence in the middle school has played a significant role in shaping the minds of young students in preparing them for high school. She has dedicated her teaching career to Sacred Heart students, and we are all better for it.”
Swearingen went on to say that “in fact, truly great teachers extend themselves beyond their precincts. And the teacher honor today is a wonderful example of that.”
Retiring High School Principal and 1975 Sacred Heart grad Dr. Mark Register was named Sacred Heart’s Alumnus of the Year. “This is the best school in the world and this is an honor that means more to me than you can imagine,” he commented after receiving a plaque from David Dick.
“I hope you all know how much I care about you all. I am so proud and honored to be associated with Sacred Heart School,” he said.
The awards were presented by the Sacred Heart School Foundation and Alumni Association.
The event was the culmination of the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Photo by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.