Danny Poellot has been named a recipient of The Catholic Foundation's Work of Heart Award.
Awardees are selected from nominations made by students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members.
"I'm extremely honored and humbled to win this special award," said Poellot, who has been at Ursuline for seven years. "The students are what makes Ursuline so great. They're always so eager to learn."
The Work of Heart Award recognizes exceptional teachers who provide a Christian example and work tirelessly for students and the community.
Poellot, who worked as a digital design engineer before becoming a teacher, prefers to stay busy. He teaches Digital Graphics and Animation and Engineering Design Innovation with Rachel Clark. When he's not in the classroom, he's the Junior Grade Dean and a Global Learning Leader within Ursuline's Global Relationships and Cultural Exchange Department.
He's led delegation trips to visit Ursuline's sister schools in Brescia House School (Johannesburg, South Africa), College Notre Dame Le Menimur (Vannes, France), and Colegio Santa Ursula in Ribeirao Preto (Sao Paulo, Brazil). He's also traveled to Belize for multiple mission trips.
"I love to experience other cultures and meet other people," he said.
His biggest passion is Camp Esperanza, a camp for kids with cancer in Meridian, Texas. He's been a volunteer for 28 years.
"It's a week-long summer camp with activities such as horses, ropes courses, sports and games, and swimming, but it's set up for kids with special needs," Poellot said. "There can be a sad component, but they are still living life to the fullest."
The Work of Heart Award program was established in 2005. The Foundation presents close to 40 Work of Heart Awards each year.