Last June, the Diocese of Manchester’s Catholic Schools Office recognized an STA Alumna, Kara Russell, with its “Catholic Educator of the Year” award. This year, we have our fingers crossed that it will recognize another talented alumna, Kristin St. Hilaire ‘91. As Saint Mary Academy’s art teacher, Kristin’s intuitive attention to detail and masterful vision have infused her students with an appreciation for the fine arts. She not only designs extremely creative and age-appropriate lessons for her students, she guides them to stretch, reach and soar above their own expectations. With untainted imaginations, these students thrive under Ms. St. Hilaire’s gentle and encouraging demeanor.
A talented artist herself, Kristin also shares her gifts with the greater community by producing Saint Mary Academy’s sets for the school's theatrical productions; she is also an active contributor for Garrison Players Arts Center.
The award’s namesake, St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle, believed that education gave hope and opportunity for people to lead better lives. Like him, Ms. St. Hilaire reaches down and reminds each of her young students to envision their world in broad strokes, ever mindful to add color when possible and gloss touches when necessary.
Good luck, Ms. St. Hilaire!
p.s. Kristin St. Hilaire is also the wife of STA social studies teacher, Reno Burnett, and mother to STA alumna, Taylor, senior Abby, and incoming freshman Nate.