Bill Myers ‘ 93 is our most recent recipient of the National Catholic Education Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award.  This honor was bestowed upon Myers during the all school 8:00 a.m. Mass held during Catholic Schools Week on January 30, 2020.

Upon his graduation from Saints Peter and Paul School, Bill matriculated to Benet Academy and then graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a History major.  He then stayed at the Champaign school and received a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2003. 

That fall, he was hired at Benet Academy where he began teaching World History, Modern World History, and AP Economics.  In August, 2006, he and his wife, Kristin, took teaching positions at the Redeemer International School of Thailand, in Bangkok where he created and executed a World History curriculum for 9th & 10 graders for a wide variety of ELL students.

After two years in Thailand, he returned to Benet Academy in August, 2008, again as a member of the History Department.  He also continued his education and received a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois in 2010.  Upon resuming his teaching career at Benet, he also organized, executed, and evaluated student retreats for over 500 students per year, a responsibility he held until May, 2011 when he accepted a position at the Lisle School as Assistant Principal of Curricular and Professional Affairs. 

In his new role at Benet he developed a systematic approach to teacher, staff, curriculum and technology development and also chaired the Department Chair Council.  In recent years he has been instrumental in refining, organizing, and focusing professional development activities for faculty members and co-chairing the school’s effort to secure accreditation through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), thereby making Benet one of the few schools in the Midwest who enjoy dual accreditation with both AdvancEd and ISACS.

Steve Math, the principal of Benet, says this of Bill…  “In everything Bill undertakes, he throws himself completely into the projects at hand.  Because of his quick it and intellect, he is able to exercise leadership and generate enthusiasm that becomes contagious among others working with him.”  He went on to add “Bill helps others see the value of embracing a Catholic mission devoted to Gospel values, not the least of which is the call to service no matter what level of self-sacrifice might be entailed in doing so.”

Steve and his wife have three boys and he is very active at St. Mary of Gostyn School where the older two attend.  He has been on their School Advisory Board for four years and President for one.  He also helped them engage a mission and vision reflection to prioritize the organization’s goals and restructure committees and volunteers around those goals.

We take pride in all of Bill’s professional accomplishments and for the many lives he has touched and impacted in his teaching and administrative duties as well as his dedication to Catholic education.