Students in graduation


November 2018

Congratulations to Spencer Vespole for receiving the 2018 Raymond J. Sachs '25 Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Fellow teacher Jon Marlow, pictured, left, with Vespole and Assistant Headmaster for Academics Michelle Tuorto, presented the award to Vespole, a 2009 graduate of St. Benedict’s, at an assembly before the entire St. Benedict's Community on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Colin Auditorium. The Awards Ceremony preceded the annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service.

The Sachs Award is presented annually for the last seven years to a faculty member nominated by their peers for outstanding work with students, both in the classroom and beyond. The recipient exemplifies the demanding criteria required of a St. Benedict's faculty member.

The award is made possible by a gift from Thomas and Meg Healey. It is given to St. Benedict's in memory of Mrs. Healey's father, Raymond J. Sachs '25. Mr. Sachs's brothers, F.H.'22, Paul '30 and Frederick '31 also came to St. Benedict's. He later sent his two sons, Raymond Jr. of the class of 1957, and Dr. Greg Sachs of the class of 1958.

(View photos of the awards ceremony and the Thanksgiving Prayer Service)

Vespole is chairperson of the history department; teaches freshman World History I; is a founding member of our literacy PLC (professional learning community); and is chair of the Technology Team. He is also the Gray Bee water polo coach.

“Spencer is dedicated to teaching and to learning about teaching, and has also put a great deal of effort into developing a curriculum that teaches students important skills through the lens of content,” said Tuorto. “I’m grateful for his leadership in his department and his example of what it means to be a demanding yet supportive teacher.”