Congratulations Mrs. Poropat

Dear St. Raymond School Community,

Each year the Joliet Chamber of Commerce recognizes the achievement of local teachers. In order to be considered for the award, teachers must:

1. Instill in students desire to learn and achieve.

2. Understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents, and foster their self-esteem.

3. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students.

4. Foster cooperative relationships with their colleagues and the community.

5. Keep current regarding teaching profession best instructional practices, trends and developments.

6. Demonstrate outstanding leadership.

I have the privilege to share with all of you that one of our very own has been recognized for the outstanding work she does. Mrs. Shelley Poropat, our PK4 teacher, was one of 26 recipients of the 2019 Joliet Area Great Teacher Award. This is a HUGE distinction! Mrs. Poropat was one of only two Catholic school educators to be awarded.

Here is a snippet of what was read about Mrs. Poropat at the awards dinner:

When you attempt to define a great teacher, it is impossible to reach this distinction without placing relationships as the foundation of a teacher’s work. Shelley is the perfect example of an educator who understands that excellence in the classroom comes from relationships. . . As a life-long resident of Joliet and an active member in many community organizations, including JCA and BDA Dance, people know Shelley. But it is Shelley’s sincerity, empathy and passion for life that cause people to be naturally drawn to her. This ability to connect people, to make people feel valued is how Shelley is living out her call to greatness in life.

Mrs. Poropat accepted her award Thursday night in front of her family and colleagues at an awards banquet at Jacob Henry Mansion Estate in Joliet.

Please join me congratulating Mrs. Poropat. 

In the JOY of Christ,


Ms. Marjorie Hill


P.S. To read more about Mrs. Poropat and the event, click here:


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