“The collective community of the Episcopal School of Dallas − students, faculty, staff, and alumni − creates and sustains the School’s founding, history, and future,” said The Reverend Stephen B. Swann, Founding Rector and Headmaster. “To be recognized by the Alumni Association is remarkably rewarding for us. There is no higher compliment for an educator than to be told that they helped shape the lives of their students.”
"It was a wonderful evening for our faculty and truly, even more so for the alumni,” continued Carol Carlock Vig ’89, president of the ESD Alumni Association. “To be able to say thank you in this way was very special to so many of us. The desire for knowledge and wisdom very likely started either a few yards of where we were sitting on Saturday night or a couple of miles southeast at the Lower School Campus. And that spark - that desire to learn and achieve - didn’t ignite itself. Someone was there to encourage us, to nurture us, to inspire us, and, very simply, to teach us.”
In addition to the convocation, the Alumni Association introduced the Inspirit Accolade. It honors two men and two women who have served ESD for more than twenty years and exhibit ESD’s Founding Tenets: daily worship, community, ethical decision making, and service. Inspirit means to “fill with spirit,” and the 2010-2011 recipients have demonstrated this commitment to ESD and our alumni. The Inspirit Accolade honorees for 2010 – 2011 are Fran Hillyer, Mercedes Hotz, Scott Kimball, and Peter Lutken.
“Any one of the seventy-three could have been recipients of this wonderful award,” remarked Scott Kimball, current Head of Middle School and history teacher. “To be an example of their indefatigable excellence is humbling. I am blessed to work amongst some of the finest people I know.”
“The ESD Alumni Association is pleased to have hosted this event to say ‘thank you’ to our teachers and faculty,” summed Mrs. Vig. “Thank you for being there for us inside and outside the classroom, when we struggled, when we excelled, when we questioned, when we understood. Thank you for inspiring us to lead lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose. We are eternally grateful.”
The seventy-three faculty and staff members inducted into the Keri Scholtz Hall ’87 Convocation are: