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2020 Teacher of the Year and Tehan Award Announced

Congratulations to Teacher of the Year Allison Hibbitt and James Gregory, this year's Hal and Joann Tehan Award recipient.

The Teacher of the Year is a peer-nominated award for someone who serves as a role model for students and models 21st century learning skills and teaching tools.

Hibbitt just completed her eighth year as an English teacher at Ursuline. She “wants her students to find their voices and grow to be the best version of their writing selves,” one colleague said. Another colleague noted that Hibbitt “is perhaps the epitome of the warm demander: someone who has the highest expectations for students while also ensuring that they feel loved and cared for.” 

Her favorite part about teaching English is when her students are enjoying learning together. She loves working one-on-one and seeing her students get enthusiastic about the progress that they are making. 

“I am so honored to be Ursuline’s Teacher of the Year,” she said. “I feel lucky to be a member of a faculty that tries so hard to do their best, that challenges and supports each other, and works together to strengthen the curriculum and inspire students.”  

Hibbitt re-energizes by spending time with friends, family, and her fur-baby, Whiskey. 

The Tehan Award was established by Hal Tehan to honor a teacher whose life and work demonstrates strong integration of the Ursuline mission.

Gregory, who just completed his eighth year as the Performing Arts Department Technical Director, also began facilitating video streaming through UA Live in 2015.

He “eats, sleeps, and breathes Serviam in his work,” one colleague commended. Gregory “brings music and light-hearted joy to Ursuline in real life and online” as well as ensures "students’ voices are heard throughout campus.”

“I feel very thankful to be a member of such an amazing team and community,” he said. “Being chosen for this year’s Tehan Award means so much and I am elated!”

Next year, he is excited to join the Ursuline Technology Team as the A/V Coordinator in addition to continuing on as Ursuline’s Technical Director for the auditorium. 

In his free time, he loves collecting records, podcasting, working out, hiking, backpacking, and biking.