Lewis University’s Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education presented the Bishop Roger L. Kaffer Outstanding Principal Award to Lynne Scheffler, principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Lockport during an April 4 celebration on the Romeoville Main Campus.
“Lynne Scheffler, a leader in the field of Catholic education, personifies the Catholic values and principles of school leadership honored in the Bishop Roger L. Kaffer Outstanding Principal Award,” Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio, co-director of the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education, said as she presented the award.
Under Scheffler’s strong spiritual and instructional leadership, St. Joseph Parish School has prospered for 19 years. During her tenure, continuous improvement has been constant in the learning environment and the professional development of the staff.
Scheffler offers her learning community strong spiritual leadership of the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, which has the highest student attendance at Sunday Mass of any school in the Diocese.
She said in a news release from Lewis University, “Imparting the Catholic faith to our children will always be my greatest accomplishment.”
Scheffler attended Northern Illinois University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and received her master’s degree in educational administration from Governor’s State University.
Scheffler served as a pre-school and first grade teacher and assistant principal at St. Andrew the Apostle School in Romeoville for 10 years before being named the principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Lockport.
The award is sponsored and given by the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education. The institute focuses on leadership development, teacher preparation, professional development, outreach and consulting, grants and research and Lasallian formation.
Bishop Roger Kaffer was the rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for five years, and principal of Providence High School in New Lenox for 15 years. The Joliet native served as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Joliet from 1985 until his death in 2002.
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