On Wednesday, August 11, Heritage Hall welcomed back faculty and staff with its annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon sponsored by the School’s Board of Trustees. The event honors endowed chair recipients and distinguished faculty and celebrates employees entering milestone years of service.
Endowed chairs are intended to provide special recognition to the individual to whom the title is awarded. Each chair comes with a two-year term. During this year’s ceremony, three new faculty members were announced as recipients.
Upper School English Teacher Mary Lukaszek
The Guy A. Bramble Chair in English and Language Arts
Established by the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation in 2018, this endowment is dedicated to the longtime Headmaster and member of the English department. The chair honors teaching excellence in the English or Language Arts Department for grades 5-12.
“I am so appreciative of this recognition. It has been my honor and privilege to serve the Heritage Hall community. The students here have brought me more joy than I have words to express.”
Fourth Grade Teacher Brenda Neundorf
The Julie O. Bramble Chair in Elementary Education
Established by the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation in 2018, this endowment honors a teacher for grades PS-4 who demonstrates a nurturing approach, a deep passion for learning, and an unwavering devotion to students.
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude for receiving The Julie O. Bramble Chair in Elementary Education award. Students have always been my first priority. I love my job and am honored to be a part of the Heritage Hall community.”
Eighth Grade English Teacher Trevor Larson ’08
William Carson Harris ’19 Middle School Faculty Chair
This fund was established by Glenn Harris ’77 in memory of his son, Will. He most appreciated the middle school teachers who cared in and out of the classroom and were devoted to his personal growth, happiness, and success. This endowment honors a teacher who demonstrates compassion and emphasizes the teacher-student relationship.
“I am deeply grateful for receiving this honor. It means so much to me to be able to give back to students at Heritage Hall the way my teachers did for me when I was a student here.”
Also recognized were chairs embarking on the second year of their two-year term.
Head Football Coach Brett Bogert ’05 and Head Girls’ Tennis Coach Jenny Gray Ferguson ’96
The Bogert Family Endowment for Athletics
Established in 2019, this fund supports a position in the Athletic Department established by Brian Bogert ’95 in honor of his family. The Bogerts have devoted more than 50 years to character coaching and excellence in soccer, tennis, golf, football, volleyball, and teaching in their commitment to whole-child education.
Director of Educational Support Services Victoria Beeson
The Harrison Family Endowed Chair for ESS
Established by Russ Harrison in 2020, this endowment honors educators who acknowledge learning differences and provide a variety of programs, intervention strategies, and teaching methods to meet the learning needs and challenges of exceptional children.
First Grade Teacher Jackie Paulk
The Judith Ann Knott Chair for Distinguished Achievement in Elementary Education
Established by friends and family members of Judith Ann Knott, this endowment honors a teacher for grades PS-4 who demonstrates the professionalism and positive attitude that distinguished Judy as a teacher and person.
New this year was the Boghetich Prize for Excellence in Teaching award endowed by the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation. The annual award recognizes one teacher in each division who has completed at least five years of service at Heritage Hall and who demonstrates qualities that promote excellence in teaching: creativity, playfulness, humility, a firm command of one’s subject matter, and unwavering commitment to student success.
Lower School P.E. Teacher Darcey McRay
Boghetich Prize for Excellence in Teaching – Lower School
“It is an honor to receive this award. I am blessed beyond measure to work in such a positive, fun environment with a group of amazing colleagues. We bring out the best in one another.”
Middle School Science Teacher Jamie Ashburn
Boghetich Prize for Excellence in Teaching – Middle School
“I am shocked and humbled! So proud to be a part of the Charger family, and excited for another year with the best students and faculty.”
Upper School Science Teacher Mark Rauch
Boghetich Prize for Excellence in Teaching – Upper School
"Because so many of my colleagues are excellent teachers whom I respect and wish I could be more like, it was a complete honor and surprise to receive this award. Also, the fact that the award was made possible by yet another generous donation from the Boghetich family, who has already done so much for Heritage Hall, gives it special meaning. I have taught at several schools and none of them gave teachers the kind of recognition and thanks we receive from the Heritage Hall community. I appreciate our generous patrons, board of trustees, and administration for making it possible."
Recognizing employees who have reached a service milestone is a time-honored tradition at Heritage Hall. We thank the following faculty and staff for their years of dedicated service to our school community.
40 Years – Craig Brown ’78
35 Years – Victoria Beeson
25 Years – Mark Adams ’78, Andy Bogert, Gina Brown
20 Years – Courtney Ellingson, Jenny Gray Ferguson ’96 (20+1)
15 Years – Jessie Maeer, Mark Rauch
10 Years – Robyn Brewster, Corrine Crepin, Edwin Lorne, Darcey McRay, Heidi Offel, Jackie Paulk, Courtney Pryor
5 Years – Jenny Campbell, Brian Ford, Lauren Lee, Nina McPherson, M’ary Miller ’12, Brenda Neundorf, Keith Oliver, Todd O’Neal, Morgan Rom, Jordan Semore, Ali Stevens ’13
Congratulations to all of the 2021 honorees!