2 longtime Geibel faculty members to be honored

| Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Two Geibel Catholic teachers who together have taught for 72 years in the Diocese of Greensburg will be honored at the school's annual Spring Auction on Saturday.

They are Thomasine Rose, dean of operations and planning and mathematics teacher, and Kathryn Hillen, physical education and health instructor.

Rose, a 1969 graduate of Father Geibel High School, began her teaching career at the former St. John the Evangelist High School in Uniontown in 1973. She then returned to her alma mater in 1978 to teach mathematics. She continues in that position today as well as serving as the moderator of the National Honor Society, Students Against Dangerous Decisions and Math League.

"It is an honor and a privilege to teach at Geibel Catholic," Rose said. "Our students are the best, and their families are supportive of what we try to accomplish at Geibel. Teaching here has given me the opportunity to learn and grow in my faith, to share my faith with others and to serve others."

Hillen, who graduated from Father Geibel with the Class of 1970, began her teaching career at Geibel in 1975 and has coached several Geibel sports, including girls volleyball, basketball and softball. She works a half-day at Geibel in Connellsville and travels to Greensburg Central Catholic High School in Greensburg for the second half of her day. She moderates the Academic Quiz League and the Ecological Club at Geibel. Hillen's two daughters are Geibel graduates.

"It is an honor to teach at both diocesan high schools. Geibel has always been a big part of my life, and to be recognized for what I enjoy doing is very humbling," she said.

Giving back to the church and community is a value that both Rose and Hillen embrace.

Rose is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception in Connellsville and volunteers as a church lector, liturgical minister and is a member of the Holy Trinity chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Hillen is a member of St. John the Evangelist parish in Connellsville and helps coordinate fundraising at Geibel for the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. During the past 35 years, she has raised thousands of dollars by sponsoring the national fundraising program "Jump Rope for Heart."

Both women help chaperone annual trips for Geibel students to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

"Without hyperbole of any kind, Thomasine and Kathryn set the standard in dedication to our diocesan students, in teaching expertise, and in Catholic ministry in secondary education," Geibel principal Don Favero said.

Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School is proud of the continuing tradition of honoring faculty members at the school's annual Spring Auction.

As guests arrive, they will be greeted with a video of Rose's and Hillen's memories of Geibel. At that time, they can purchase signature cards to sign and write a note to the honorees. The proceeds from this sale will benefit the "Curtain Fund," to replace the stage curtains in the gym.

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