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Lisa Oberg to Receive the Bishop’s Excellence in Education Award

By Staff | Aug 31, 2010

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION - During an all-school assembly on Friday morning in Corrigan Hall, Dan Ryan (at right), Superintendent of Schools for the Sioux City Diocese, made the surprise announcement that Emmetsburg Catholic School teacher Lisa Oberg (at left) had been selected as a recipient of the Bishop’s Excellence in Education Award. -- Dan Voigt photo

Teachers can be some of the most influential people in a young person’s life. Often times, the teaching profession can be a thankless job, but not for one Emmetsburg Catholic School educator.

This is Lisa Oberg’s thirtieth year of teaching at Emmetsburg Catholic School. She currently instructs sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at the Catholic School. On Friday, Aug. 27, Mrs. Oberg was recognized for her long-time commitment to her pupils.

During an all-school assembly on Friday morning in Corrigan Hall, Dan Ryan, Superintendent of Schools for the Sioux City Diocese, made the surprise announcement that Oberg had been selected as a recipient of the Bishop’s Excellence in Education Award. The award was established in order to recognize teachers who are dedicated educators in the diocesan Catholic schools.

Oberg’s husband, Dave, and her mother and brother were on hand for the assembly.

“I’m very excited,” said Oberg. “It is an honor to be nominated, and to win is especially rewarding. The students and other teachers didn’t know anything about the award so it came as quite a surprise.”

Oberg was nominated for the award by her  principal at the request of a member of the community. Several parish members and parents of students submitted letters of support. Emmetsburg Catholic School Principal Jean Hyslop also wrote a letter of recommendation.

“Lisa’s teaching reaches all the children and if students need additional support, she’s there guiding them,” Hyslop shared. “Students feel safe in her classroom, yet she sets the standards high—spiritually, emotionally, and academically–for all students. We appreciate the 30 years she’s given to Catholic education and are grateful for her to be honored this way.”

Once Oberg’s nomination and letters of support had been received, a committee in the diocese selected the final award winners.

Recipients of the Excellence in Education Award must have been a teacher in the Diocese of Sioux City for at least five years. They must also express a clear, integrated philosophy of Catholic education and be held in high regard by their peers, students, and parents. Typically, four to six Excellence in Education awards are presented annually throughout the Sioux City Diocese.

Oberg will formally receive the honor during the Bishop’s Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Convention Center in Sioux City. The dinner is open to the public, and tickets are available for purchase.