English and journalism teacher Marsha Kalkowski was honored as the Archdiocese of Omaha Secondary Educator of the Year at the Archbishop’s Dinner for Education on Sept. 12.

Kalkowski has been an instructor at Marian for 25 years. She currently teaches Honors English Composition and Literature to freshmen and Journalism I and II to juniors and seniors, respectively. In her instruction of journalism, she helps students write and create award-winning stories, graphics and photographs for the Network newspaper and the Crusader yearbook.

“I’d like to say that I have helped to empower young women to find their voice, share their voice and be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves,” Kalkowski said.
“Mrs. K,” as she is known to her students, supports Marian girls in growing and learning through their faith, as well as through their studies. She leads the Decade Darlings, a daily after school meeting for students to unite with the Servants of Mary, pray a decade of the rosary and offer intentions for those in need. Kalkowski has also led mission trips to the Dominican Republic and St. Augustine Indian Mission.
“I hope that my classroom has always been a faith community, as well as a mutual learning environment. I believe it has been a safe place for young women to continue to become who God meant them to be,” Kalkowski said.

Kalkowski joins the following Marian educators who have also been recognized by the archdiocese:

Mary Baker, Secondary Educator of the Year, 1993-1994

Elizabeth Kish, Administrator of the Year, 2000-2001

Tom Baker, Secondary Educator of the Year, 2003-2004

Connie Cavel, Secondary Educator of the Year, 2011-2012

Sharon Genoways, Secondary Educator of the Year, 2015-2016