Sue Cooper was recently honored with the National Catholic Education Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award. This award, presented by the St. John the Evangelist Alumni Association in St. John, recognizes graduates of Catholic elementary and middle schools who have made a contribution to Catholic education, the Catholic Church and U.S. life.
Cooper has directly contributed to the Catholic education of hundreds of students during her service at SJE for the last 22 years.
A 1972 graduate of SJE, Cooper "always goes beyond her job description as school secretary and is on call 24/7 to support our principal and pastor, all for the benefit of the school and parish," said Renee L. Rodimel, Public Relations & Marketing director at St. John the Evangelist School.
“Sue has been a part of SJE since she entered kindergarten. She has always had a deep faith in Jesus Christ and His Church," Principal Sr. Gianna Marie said.
"Sue has witnessed to this deep faith all along her journey; as a student in Sister Louise’s second-grade class; as an SJE parent of two children; as a dedicated employee; and soon as an SJE grandmother.
"I am blessed to have Sue at my side and I am even more blessed to know her and love her in the heart of Jesus.”
Cooper has remained at SJE "because she loves the school and is dedicated to the mission, 'To Learn, Live, and Love as Jesus taught us,'" Rodimel added.