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Lewis awards Bishop Kaffer Award to outstanding principal

Derek Swanson, News Editor

On April 4 in the University Dining Room, Lynne Scheffler, Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Lockport, was awarded the Bishop Roger L. Kaffer award for her excellent efforts. In her 19 years at St. Joseph’s, the school has flourished and created an environment committed to learning and upholding Catholic values.


As Scheffler was honored for her work, Dr. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio, co-director of the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education, said, “Lynne Scheffler, a leader in the field of Catholic education, personifies the Catholic values and principles of school leadership honored in this award.”


Scheffler got her start in education while earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Illinois University and later went on to earn her master’s in education administration from Governors State University. Her experience in teaching is expansive; Scheffler formerly taught at St. Andrew the Apostle School in Romeoville for 10 years. She was then named the principle of St. Joseph’s, where she remains to this day.


In relation to her work at St. Joseph’s, under her administrative rule, the school has been part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, which highlights premier private schools based on academics and progress in creating a level playing field for all students. St. Joseph’s has the highest student Sunday mass attendance of any other school in the Diocese.


Imparting the Catholic faith to our children will always be my greatest accomplishment,” said Scheffler during her acceptance speech.


Lewis has honored principles of Catholic schools for years with this award, which is sponsored by the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education. The award is named after Bishop Roger L. Kaffer, who served as the rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for five years.