Congratulations to Latin teacher Grace Curcio for receiving the Charles T. Murphy Educator of the Year Award. Read the remarks, below, offered by SI Principal Patrick Ruff at the Awards Ceremony.
The Charles T. Murphy Ignatian Educator Award
The Charles T. Murphy Ignatian Educator Award is given annually to the faculty member whose expert teaching and dedication to promoting the Ignatian mission in and out of the classroom has a profound effect upon the St. Ignatius community. It is named in honor of Chuck Murphy who embodied the best of Ignatian education for nearly 50 years!
This year's recipient has served as a teacher, department chair, moderator, and mentor. She is a woman of extreme perseverance and tenacity and one who exhibits a high degree of genius and flare in all that she does. The areas of our community in which she has been involved have flourished under her participation and direction, but it is her work with students that highlights her strengths as an Ignatian educator.
This year's recipient has served as a teacher, department chair, retreat leader, musical accompanist, and moderator. She is a woman of extraordinary intellect and teaches at the highest level. In the classroom, her enthusiasm and passion are obvious and she helps students grow in creative and imaginative thinking and provides an exceptional educational experience that enhances any student's learning. Never one to rest on her extensive academic background, she continually pushes herself to learn more. She reads professional journals and regularly attends workshops to bolster her knowledge base and her understanding of the teaching and learning process. However, she is also very aware of the student that needs to be pushed or supported and treats all with dignity and care; she is clear and commands respect but does so with a very gentle touch.
This educator is innovative and is open to new ideas, technology, and thinking. From being among the first to utilize the tablet PC, Quizdom, and the iPad, she has always led the way for colleagues. However, it has never been about the technology but more, how she can most effectively and efficiently engage students and deliver curriculum.
She is also very supportive of life beyond the classroom – serving on numerous committees, leading every retreat SI offers, and attending all events form athletic to dramatic. She is recognized as a leader outside of SI by her many different roles in the California Junior Classical League including hosting the State Convention just last month. She provides a keen voice on the most challenging issues facing our community and has been instrumental in our work with equity and inclusion and diversity. She generously shares the best of herself because she cares deeply about her students, her colleagues, and this work.
She is exemplary in every way possible, both professionally and personally and has the capacity to bring out the best in both her students and her colleagues, because she exudes excellence in all that she does. A woman of conviction, passion, generosity, and Christ-like goodness, she willingly and humbly gives her very best to our students, our school, and our wider community. In short, she is lives out our Ignatian ideals and sets a standard of devotion as a dedicated and caring colleague, and has literally transformed our community as woman with and for others.
So, today, I have the great privilege to award the Charles T. Murphy Ignatian Educator Award to Ms. Grace Curcio.
May 26, 2017
St. Ignatius College Preparatory