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SE teacher honored

Templemeyer gets Excellence in Education award

September 25, 2010
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer

St. Edmond physical education and health teacher Paula Templemeyer will receive an Excellence in Education award on Oct. 10 during the 14th annual Bishop's Dinner for Catholic Education.

She will receive the recognition from The Most Rev. R. Walker Nickless, Bishop of the Sioux City Diocese, along with a $1,000 honorarium in recognition of her work at the school.

Templemeyer said her junior and senior high classes are aimed at keeping students healthy and strong.

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St. Edmond gym teacher Paula Templemeyer will be recognized for her work at the school during the Oct. 10 Bishop's Dinner for Catholic Education at the Sioux City Convention Center. She has taught at St. Edmond Catholic Schools for 21 years and founded the school's Respect for Life group in 2004 at the request of students.

"The mind is only as strong as the body," she said. "They need an opportunity to burn off energy."

She laughed and continued. "Exercise is good for the brain. It gives kids a chance to succeed at something other than academics."

A St. Edmond teacher for 21 years, Templemeyer in 2004 founded and continues to sponsor the school's Respect for Life group.

"The kids asked me to start it," she said. "I had seven kids approach me. The emphasis is on respect for life. Studies show one of three children has been eliminated through abortion since 1972."

Templemeyer previously taught at Schleswig for eight years and at St. Philip Neri in Omaha, Neb., for nine years. At St. Edmond, she serves as the liturgical environment and worship coordinator.

She said she knew that fellow teacher Ralph Schulte nominated her for the award, but she still was surprised to receive it.

A news release from the Diocese of Sioux City said:

"In a letter of recommendation, Principal John Howard, wrote, 'She serves as a reminder to others to accentuate the positives and exceed expectations. She acknowledges and supports the best in those she encounters.'

"The Bishop's Excellence in Education award was established in 1999 to recognize diocesan teachers who exemplify the teachings of Christ and excellence in education. Recipients of this award must have been a teacher in the Diocese of Sioux City for at least five years. They are to have expressed a clear, integrated philosophy of Catholic education and be held in the high regard by their peers, students and parents.

"The Bishop's Dinner, to be held at the Sioux City Convention Center, supports more than 6,000 students who attend Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Sioux City. Tickets are $125 per person, with $80 of each ticket going to Catholic schools within the Diocese. Last year, nearly $100,000 was distributed to Catholic schools because of the success of the Bishop's Dinner.

"Tickets are available from the office of stewardship and development at (712) 233-7513."

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