The Archdiocese of Omaha honored eight outstanding educators on Thursday, September 12th at the 36th Annual Archbishop’s Dinner for Education, which was held at the Embassy Suites – La Vista.  A record crowd of more than 1,000 celebrated Catholic education while paying tribute to eight of the Archdiocese’s finest educators.  The funds raised by the benefit will be matched by the Children’s Scholarship Fund of New York at .33 per dollar raised.  As a result, more than $250,000 will be made available for scholarships for families in need.

This year’s honorees were:

Administrators of the Year

• Stacy Uttecht, St. Wenceslaus School, Dodge

• Dr. Laura Hickman, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha

Educators of the Year – Secondary

• Mary Bartak, Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School, Elgin

• Rev. Steven Emanuel, Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School, Bellevue

Educators of the Year – Elementary

• Barbara Stansbury, St. Michael Catholic School, South Sioux City

• Michael Hartigan, Christ the King Catholic School, Omaha

Educators of the Year – Special Education and Inner City

Funded by the Maginn Family Foundation

• Katie Barmettler, Sacred Heart School, Omaha

• Nancy Gillpatrick, St. Bernard Catholic School, Omaha

With two Catholic universities, 53 elementary schools, 17 high schools and a parish-based religious education program within its boundaries, Catholic education enriches the lives of some 58,000 young people.  The Archdiocese of Omaha is one of the largest private social service providers in the region.  For more information, visit