Mr. John Martin (Social Studies) – Archbishop’s Outstanding Service Award Recipient
The Archbishop’s Outstanding Service Award honors those who work in Catholic education throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Each school in the Archdiocese recognizes one person who has made a difference in the fulfillment of their school’s mission and demonstrates an overall commitment to Catholic education.
John Martin is in his fifth decade of teaching social studies at Marist, which includes serving twice as department chair, initiating the Advanced Placement U.S. History course, and working as technical director for over 100 theater productions. He is known for his helpful and generous spirit and for his contributions to a variety of programs and courses at Marist, most recently making prayer stations that will line the Marist trails and that will serve as the Stations of the Cross during Lent.
Ms. Sarah Conn (Science) – Faber-McKinley-Stadler Award
The Faber-McKinley-Stadler Award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates professional excellence and a desire to grow in his or her discipline. The award consists of three grants that rotate annually: The Stefanie and Sergio Stadler Arts and Student Development Grant; The Rebecca Cox McKinley Humanities and Global Education Grant; and The Tracy Faber Arra STEM Grant. For the 2018-2019 school year, the Tracy Faber Arra STEM Grant was given.
Sarah Conn, known for innovative teaching and deep dedication to growing as a teacher, has taught science at Marist for eight years. During the 2014-2015 school year, she received the NAIS Teacher of the Future Award as well as Marist’s MacGinnitie Award for Innovation. Through The Tracy Faber Arra STEM Grant, she will pursue research on the science and physiology of mindfulness in education.
Ms. Mary Dozier (Dining Services) – Father Schmuhl Marist Service Award
The Father Schmuhl Marist Service Award recognizes a staff member who demonstrates Marist values, contributes significantly to the mission of Marist School, and promotes a strong sense of community among peers through collaborative efforts and style.
For 21 years, Mary Dozier has known, served, and cared for the students, faculty, and staff at Marist through her warmth and kindness to them in the school’s cafeteria. In a humble, considerate manner, she greets everyone each day by name and with a smile.
Mr. Mark Craddock (Fine Arts) – Goizueta Chair of Excellence
The Goizueta Chair of Excellence recognizes innovative teaching, high standards of professional development, promotion of cross-cultural understanding and global interest, and involvement in student extracurricular activities.
During his 26 years at Marist, most of which he has served as band director, Mark Craddock has formed significant and lasting relationships with other Marist schools around the world through his organization of student exchanges and international trips. A polyglot, dozens of students have traveled the world with him and benefited from his linguistic as well as his cultural expertise.
Mr. Matt Romano (Social Studies) – Frank P. Hagan Memorial Coach’s Award
The Frank P. Hagan Memorial Coach’s Award honors a coach for his or her contribution to the Marist community and for inspiring among student-athletes growth and personal excellence through competition, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
Matt Romano, a 1995 graduate of Marist School, is in his 14th year teaching social studies to Marist students. Currently serving as the social studies department chair, he moves seamlessly from the role of capable teacher to dedicated coach. Now the varsity golf coach and a junior varsity football coach, Romano also has worked with the varsity football program and the middle school and varsity baseball programs.
Mr. Michael Burns (English) – 2017-2020 Loridans Academic Fellowship
The Loridans Academic Fellowship is a three-year appointment recognizing a distinguished classroom teacher for commitment to learning and student personal development, for exemplifying the educational mission of Marist School, for dedication to pedagogy and professional advancement, and for contributions to the school’s overall progress. The award offers the recipient a one-term sabbatical and related stipend.
Michael Burns teaches English at Marist and coaches 7th and 8th grade cross country. He served as chair of the English department for nine years. He is co-founder of Marist School’s organic garden, and he helped develop and co-teaches an interdisciplinary American literature and American history course entitled, The American Experiment.
Mr. Eric McNaughton (Fine Arts) – MacGinnitie Award for Innovation
The MacGinnitie Award for Innovation recognizes a faculty member whose initiative and innovation have made a recognizable difference in the education program, delivery of critical services, the school’s standing in the community, and/or fidelity to its educational mission.
Eric McNaughton, a Marist graduate from the class of 1990, has been teaching and directing theater at Marist since 2006. His work with Marist theater has included innovative partnerships as well as groundbreaking original works. He has enhanced Marist productions through new collaborations with the Disney Theatrical Licensing Pilot Program as well as with Serenbe Playhouse, both of which took Marist’s drama program to the cutting edge of high school theater. Under McNaughton’s leadership, the theater program also has produced original content created by Marist students and featuring inventive staging and direction.