Presentation of the Fleming Awards for Teaching Excellence
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
Fleming, Nolen & Jez attorney George Fleming, along with his wife Janis, represented Fleming Endowment in presenting the Fleming Awards for Teaching Excellence at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. The awards were made to Strake Jesuit teachers Carlos Romano and Ione Meyers. Mr. Romano teaches Mathematics, including Trigonometry and Calculus. Mrs. Meyers teaches Mandarin and Chinese Culture. Both of them were recognized at a ceremony in which Mr. Fleming and his wife Janis, School Principal Mr. Ken Logo and Head of School Father Jeff Johnson, S.J. presented the awards to them in front of the entire faculty and student body.
From left to right: George Fleming, Janis Fleming, Ione Meyer, Carlos Romano, Fr. Jeff Johnson S. J. and Ken Lojo
The Fleming Awards for Teaching Excellence at Strake Jesuit are in addition to the Fleming Grants, which send Strake Jesuit teachers on educational trips throughout the world. Based on the Fleming Grants, Strake Jesuit teachers have studied computer science in Scotland; English and English history at Cambridge and Stratford-Upon-Avon; spent time in China; studied the effects of radiation at Chernobyl; studied Spanish and Latin in South America; visited the Vatican and European capitals like London, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, and Rome, as well as other places of educational interest.
St. Agnes Academy
Scott Fleming, CEO of Peso Corporation, along with his wife Kate, presented the Fleming Awards for Teaching Excellence to Ms. Diana Turney and Ms. Sharon Gehbauer at St. Agnes Academy. Ms. Turney teaches Advanced Theology classes. Ms. Gehbauer teaches Literature. Both of them were recognized at a ceremony at St. Agnes in which Mr. Scott Fleming, along with his wife Kate; Principal Debra Whalen; and Head of School Sister Jane Meyer presented the awards in front of the entire faculty and staff.
The award winners stand with Sister Jane and Scott Fleming.
The Fleming Awards for Teaching Excellence at St. Agnes are in addition to the Fleming Grants which send St. Agnes teachers on educational trips throughout the world. This year Fleming Grants were awarded for trips to study Washington’s Northern Cascade Mountains, including Mt. St. Helen’s, Mt. Rainer and Mt. Hood; also trips along the Camino Walk and to Fatima in Portugal were awarded, as well as grants for trips by faculty members to the literary hubs of London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and the lake district of England and to explore the intersection of Christianity and Islam along the Iberian Peninsula of Spain.
The Fleming Awards for Teaching Excellence and the Fleming Grants were established in 2005 in order to support excellence in the classroom by retaining and acquiring superior members of the faculty to the school and by inspiring them to bring back their studies and share them with their students. Named after Dr. George Fleming and Mary K. Fleming, George and Scott Fleming’s father and mother who are both deceased, the Fleming Award for Teaching Excellence is awarded to two teachers at both schools – one who has been teaching at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and St. Agnes Academy for 15 years or less, and one who has been teaching there for more than 15 years. The teachers selected are decided based on their work in the classroom, and for their work looking after the students under their care.
Dr. Fleming spent some time teaching the children of Native Americans and migrant workers in Arizona after earning his college degree before returning to school to earn his doctorate in education. He then pursued a successful career as a hospital administrator, including at the Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio and the Methodist Hospital in Houston. He also served as the President of the Texas Hospital Association, earning the Earl Collier Award, their highest honor, for all the great work he did. Congratulations to Mrs. Meyers, Mr. Romano, Ms. Turney and Ms. Gehbauer on their selection for the Fleming Awards for Teaching Excellence.