Veteran St. Michael teacher recognized _lowres

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- St. Michael the Archangel High School faculty member Lisa Baldridge, second from left, gathers with her husband, Jim, and daughters, Shannon and Kristin, after receiving the 2016 Distinguished Secondary Educator of the Year Award from the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

The Diocese of Baton Rouge honored St. Michael the Archangel High School faculty member Lisa Baldridge as the 2016 Distinguished Secondary Educator of the Year during a special dinner on Feb. 1 at the Renaissance Hotel.

Baldridge received a plaque from Bishop Robert W. Muench and Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Melanie Verges with St. Michael Principal Ellen Lee, faculty members and family in attendance.

The award is given annually to a Catholic secondary educator who reflects the richness and diversity of American Catholic education, a news release said.

Baldridge has taught Spanish at St. Michael for 27 years. She and her husband, Jim, also a teacher at the school, have led foreign travel experiences for high school students for over 25 years.

She helped start a mission trip program to Nicaragua and will lead a group of students there during Mardi Gras break to help build houses for the poor.

Baldridge leads the St. Michael Beta Club and has served on the Faculty Advisory Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Safety Committee, the Capital Campaign Committee and on multiple accreditation committees.

“Lisa Baldridge truly embodies the spirit of education and her Catholic faith by sharing her time and talents with everyone in the school community. She has been a gift to St. Michael High School, her colleagues and every student who has been fortunate to be in one of her classes,” Lee said.