Benedict News Online

Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award

Back to Article
Back to Article

Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award


Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






MR.G teacher award

Rafael Sanchez ’96, Dean of Faculty Michelle Tuorto, Sachs Award winner Craig Gillespie, and James Duffy, interim assistant headmaster.

Senior English teacher and English department head Craig Gillespie was presented with the Raymond J. Sachs Sr. ’25 Award for Distinguished Teaching on September 23. Mr. Gillespie, who was among a number of nominees and selected by a committee of other teachers and one student, expressed surprise and said that maybe his long service, 17 years, was one  reason he was chosen.

“I might have been chosen because of longevity because there are a lot of other worthy recipients,” Mr.Gillespie said.

Previous winners were Art Department Chair Pamela Wye-Hunsinger and Science Department Chair Dennis Lansang, M.D.

Rafael Sanchez ‘96, a former St. Benedict’s teacher and one-time student of Mr. Gillespie, spoke at the ceremony held in the Conlin Auditorium. Mr. Sanchez attributed his former teacher’s award to the impact he has on students. He displayed an assignment from his junior year and read Mr. Gillespie’s annotation, “Learn the balance between art for art’s sake and art for a purpose. Keep writing.”

Mr.Sanchez said he always learned from the discussion format of Mr.Gillespie’s class.

“My favorite moment in his class was when he was teaching us the last 20 pages of “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Mr. Sanchez said, “ He encouraged discussions and debates … and would still be teaching us the text.”

Mr. Gillespie has dedicated 17 years, from 1994 to 2002 and then from 2005 to the present, to the students of the Hive, serving them as the assistant head coach of the soccer team and an English teacher. But he doesn’t see teaching and coaching as requiring the same effort.

“Coaching is easier than teaching,” Mr. Gillespie said.

Mr. Gillespie described his philosophy of teaching English  as staying dependent on the text. “The literature is a vehicle for teaching students a love and appreciation for learning and more importantly appreciating life.”

For more photos of the award presentation, click here.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award

    Archives

    Cetrulo Family Fencing Center: New Room Brings New Enthusiasm to Fencing Team

  • Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award

    News

    A New Monk for St. Benedict’s

  • Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award

    News

    Fr. Ed’s Birthday: Seniors Pranking Again

  • Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award

    News

    Book Fair Returns After Nearly a Decade

  • Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award

    News

    Inspired, Successful Alum Visits The Hive for The First Time in 12 Years

  • Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award

    Features

    The Longest Day: Storm Surprises Benedict’s (Video Montage)

  • Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award

    News

    The Longest Day: Storm Surprises Benedict’s

  • Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award

    Arts and Entertainment

    Infamous Experiment Subject of SBP Play

  • Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award

    Arts and Entertainment

    Lead DREAMer Tells Story

  • Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award

    News

    Trick-Or-Treat, Benedict’s Style

Navigate Right
The student news site of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, New Jersey.
Craig Gillespie Awarded Raymond J. Sachs Teaching Award