Scecina teacher Amy Fix wins Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ highest honor for educator

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By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications

Mrs. Amy Fix with archdiocese representatives

Mrs. Amy Fix received the 2019-20 St. Theodora Guerin Excellence in Education Award on Jan. 30, 2020.

Scecina Memorial High School teacher Amy Fix is the winner of the 2020 St. Theodora Guerin Excellence in Education Award given by the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

The archdiocese annually presents the award to one teacher among 2,000 employees in the 68 schools of the archdiocese, which covers Central and Southern Indiana. The St. Theodora Guerin award is the highest honor for Catholic educators in the archdiocese. Mrs.Fix was chosen from among five finalists.

Mrs. Fix is chair of Scecina’s World Languages Department and teaches English as a New Language. She also has been a Spanish teacher at Scecina.

“I’m so proud of her,” said Katherine Guerra-Cordova, one of Mrs. Fix’s current students. “She’s one of the best. She makes you feel welcome here.”

Scecina President Joe Therber said Mrs. Fix “is an exemplary teacher and person.”

Mrs. Fix thanked the Scecina administration and community.

“It’s amazing to have administrative support that empowers me to do what I know is right and good for kids,” she said. “I’m thankful for amazing colleagues who are willing to do what I suggest, and just being surrounded by good people. I’m just thankful for all these people.”

Amy Fix: ” I wanted to serve and I wanted to work with kids”

Gina Kuntz Fleming, superintendent of Catholic Schools, presented Mrs. Fix with the award before the entire school at a ceremony on Jan. 30, during the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

In making the presentation, Mrs. Fleming said, “We’re here to celebrate and honor an incredible Catholic school educator here at Scecina Memorial High School. This particular award is given to exemplary educators because of the work they do with and for students each and every day.”

Scecina Memorial High School serves more than 120 Latino or Hispanic students every year, about 30 percent of its student population.

“Amy seeks and delivers the best possible learning experience for them every day,” said President Therber.  “She truly values their human potential, their cultural heritage, and their inherent dignity as children of God.”

He listed several of Mrs. Fix’s attributes:

  • Committed to Catholic education as an instrument to foster the truth of Jesus Christ in students’ lives
  • A champion for “the underdog,” which is a quality for which I am especially grateful
  • Dedicated to all students’ success
  • A teacher who purposefully invests extra time with students who have language learning needs
  • Trustworthy, friendly, sincere, energetic, and prepared.
  • A lifelong learner
  • Respectful
  • Cooperative

Mrs. Fix has a double major from Butler University in public relations and Spanish. She earned her teaching certificate from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She has been a teacher for 19 years and has been teaching at Scecina since 2015. Mrs. Fix and her husband, Matt, have two children, Nathan and Abby. They are members of St. Pius X Catholic Church.




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