In 'hope and joy,' educators begin school year
More than 900 teachers, administrators and staff members filled the Cathedral of Christ the Light Aug. 14 for the annual Elementary Staff Day Celebration.
He encouraged the educators: "Love one another. Be happy."
New Superintendent Kathleen Radecke told the gathering, "I know the difference Catholic education makes. It is what we do. It is who we are." In expanding on the theme of hope and joy, she said, "I see joy as a conscious choice, how we choose to live our lives, how we minister to our students and each other."
The superintendent unfurled an altar cloth made for her as an end-of-the-year gift from her first class — second graders at Holy Spirit School in Fremont, 25 years ago.
The cloth features the children's hand-drawn images of themselves. She has carried it with her, she said, to all her teaching assignments. It has a place of honor in her new office.
In a spirited Mass, with music under the direction of Armond Seishas, principal of St. Joachim School in Hayward, the educators remembered Sister James Marien Dyer, CSJ, principal of St. Francis of Assisi School in Concord, who died Aug. 5.
At the conclusion of Mass, teachers with 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years of service in the Diocese of Oakland were honored. Kathryn Culp, of St. Joseph Elementary School in Alameda, was the honoree with the longest service. She has served in the Diocese of Oakland for 50 years. Marquita Yriarte, the new principal at the Alameda school and Rev. George Alengadan, pastor of the basilica parish, joined in the celebration.
The diocese's newest elementary school educators each received a rose and posed for a photo with the longest-serving.
Honoring teachers' service
Kathryn Culp, St. Joseph Elementary School, Alameda
Heather Skinner, School of the Madeleine, Berkeley
Margaret Topete, St. Elizabeth School, Oakland
Rafael Martinez, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School, Walnut Creek
John Anello, St. Peter Martyr School, Pittsburg
Rocco Enea, St. Peter Martyr School, Pittsburg
Cecelia Gonzalez, Most Holy Rosary School, Antioch
Diana Buckingham, St. David of Wales School, Richmond
Armond Seishas, St. Joachim School, Hayward
Pete Morales, St. Joachim School, Hayward
Roz Montgomery, St. Joachim School, Hayward
Art Reardon, St. John the Baptist School, San Lorenzo
Dianne Reardon, St. John the Baptist School, San Lorenzo
Margo Sandoval-Huff, St. Paul School, San Pablo
Sandra Cramer, St. Raymond School, Dublin
Barbara Ulbrich, St. Theresa School, Oakland
Source: Diocese of Oakland Catholic Schools
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