8 Catholic Educators will be honored at first ever “virtual” version of Archbishop’s Dinner for Education

8:30 AM, Sep 09, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. — Eight Catholic school educators will be in the spotlight and awarded $5,000 each, by the Archdiocese of Omaha at a September 24th event.

Normally held in person as a banquet, the Archbishop’s Dinner for Education will be conducted “virtually” for the first time as a live stream event.

“The Archbishop’s Dinner is a true celebration of Catholic education,” said Kara Wesely, Development Officer with the Archdiocese of Omaha. “We are thrilled that livestreaming technology will allow us to move forward with the event, meaning we are still able to honor our outstanding educators and raise important scholarship funds, making Catholic education accessible for more families.”

Archbishop George J Lucas and Mike Jensen, Principal of Sacred Heart School, will be speaking at the event. Chairpersons Terresa and Rollie Johns, co-chairpersons Tammy and Drew Blossom, and the eight honorees will be in attendance.

“Given the challenges educators, students and parents everywhere are facing right now, it seems especially fitting to take an evening to highlight their success,” added Wesely.

The night’s festivities are a great moment for honorees as each one receives a $5,000 gift. This year’s honorees are:

Administrator of the Year

Martha Heck, Duchesne Academy, Omaha

Miranda Hornback, St. Ludger School, Creighton

Educator of the Year - Elementary

Jennifer Heithoff, Christ the King School, Omaha

Lynn Mielak, St. Bonaventure School, Columbus

Educator of the Year – Secondary

Toni Hoffmeier-Mangus, Roncalli Catholic High School, Omaha

Pam Wieser, Norfolk Catholic High School, Norfolk

Educator of the Year – Special Education and Inner City

Funded by the Maginn Family Foundation

Kourtney Brodin, All Saints School, Omaha

Mike Jensen, Sacred Heart School, Omaha

The annual event raises scholarship funds for low-income students to attend Catholic schools. Viewers will be able to access the stream at 7:00 p.m. at archomaha.org/dinner2020