Brother Martin High School Partners in Mission and guests gathered for our annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony at the Audubon Tea Room on Sunday, January 29th. This year, Craig Zeller ‘02 was recognized as the recipient of the Brother More Schaefer, S.C., Faculty Award. This recognition ceremony celebrates ingenuity, innovation, passion, and Christian witness all through the lens of Catholic holistic education rooted in the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
Brother More Schaefer, S.C. was known by his colleagues as a master educator in his various roles during his years forming young men at Brother Martin - excellence in instruction, commitment to formation, and demonstration of Christian witness. Principal Ryan Gallagher ‘00 stated, “Zeller communicates clearly to the students what is expected of them, he holds them accountable when he told them he would, and then he sits with those who need personal attention to make sure they understand the expectation moving forward.”
Zeller, who serves as the technology coordinator and computer science department chair, holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Tulane University and a master’s degree in Information Systems. Having over 16 years of experience in the field of education, he also designs and oversees the continual renewal of our state-of-art technology both inside and outside the classroom all while continuing to bring to the forefront the most up-to-date technology applications to Brother Martin.
“Regardless of how many students I have taught or will teach, I continue to teach my courses because I love the subjects.” -Craig Zeller
“I am dedicated to what I do even through challenging times," said Zeller. For example, during the pandemic, Mr. Zeller was instrumental in launching both virtual learning, hybrid learning, and even in-person learning all while ensuring students and faculty were given the best possible tools to lead them to academic success.
Zeller is also the moderator of the nationally-recognized Academic Games team and CyberPatriots. One colleague described him in this way: “Through his work with academic games and CyberPatriots, Craig models Christian Witness for our students. Rather than simply ‘moderate’ a club to fulfill his contractual obligation, Craig has illustrated commitment at such a high level that these two clubs have garnered national recognition.” Zeller relayed, “I love Academic Games. It’s the reason that I came to Brother Martin High School both as a student and as a teacher.”
In closing, as Principal Gallagher remarked, “Craig Zeller accompanies our young people, forming, instructing, and bearing witness to them on their journey to make a life. In four words, he loves our students.”
Gary Giepert '80 was also recognized as this year’s Founders Medal recipient for his commitment and passion through service to our school that embodies the spirit of its founders. Mr. Giepert is a longtime supporter of the school and its head rugby coach all while being a constant presence with fellow alumni and our students.
In addition, faculty members were recognized for their years of service at Brother Martin, including Sasha Sevin and Scott Williams ‘90 for 20 years of service. Dominick Caronna ‘85 was recognized for 30 years of service at the ceremony.
Congratulations to all of the Brother Martin Partners in Mission and our special guests who received recognition for their compassion, trust, dedication, and service to our school’s mission.
The mission of Brother Martin High School is to form young people through a holistic education that fosters academic excellence in a caring, disciplined community which integrates Catholic tradition and the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to meet the needs of a changing world.