Phillips to be honored with Bishop’s Excellence in Education award

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Kim Phillips

On May 15 through a Facebook Live event, Remsen St. Mary’s Schools made a special announcement through their Facebook page. Patty Lansink, Remsen St. Mary’s High School Principal, announced Kim Phillips, who serves as Remsen St. Mary’s Lead Teacher, Seventh and Eighth Grade Reading, English/Writing Teacher, and Speech Coach, is one of four recipients of the 2020 Bishop’s Excellence in Education Awards.

Phillips was very surprised by the announcement, “I was very shocked. Kris Schiltz and Patty Lansink had me believing we were meeting about the upcoming year and that we were going to thank Patty for all of her help this past year on Facebook Live. I had no idea what was going on when Kris handed the microphone to Patty. They definitely got me. I was completely shocked and humbled. I have always loved my job at RSM and have always looked forward to teaching everyday. We have amazing families, and I love it that we are a family. I am looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year where we can continue to find success in so many ways.”

Lansink explained what the award is, “Each year, we honor outstanding educators and school staff in our Diocese. Individuals are nominated by their school or community, and award recipients are chosen by a committee of school administrators. We give Excellence in Education awards to teachers, and Good Shepherd awards to support staff (secretaries, custodians, principals, etc.). We give six awards each year, usually a combination of Good Shepherd and Excellence in Education awards. This year, we have four Excellence in Education awards and two Good Shepherd awards.”

The awards are usually presented at the Annual Bishop’s Dinner, but this year the event will be an online celebration. Phillips stated, “The new, online event, the Bishop’s Fundathon for Catholic Schools, will be held Sunday, September 13, 2020.”

Lansink added, “The award winners will be recognized and give a short speech during this virtual event.”

Lansink was delighted to share the news about Phillips receiving this award, “I can't think of a more deserving individual. Having worked closely with her this last year, she loves RSM with all her heart, and works almost 24-7 to support this Catholic school. I am very excited to continue working with Kim as principal at RSM next year. She is the perfect person to lead RSM for many years to come.”

Phillips expressed her appreciation for this honor, “Thank you to those who nominated me and for all the support I've received over the years. I truly appreciate it.”