Catholic Diocese Honors School Staff Celebrating Milestone Work Anniversaries

The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach and the Office of Catholic Schools are proud to recognize 12 of its employees who are celebrating milestone work anniversaries this year.  The employees are teachers and principals who have worked at one of the diocese’s 19 Catholic schools for 20 or more years, including one teacher who was recognized for 35 years.

At a special Mass held today following a morning Professional Workshop Day for all school staff, Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach, presented each employee with a special award and thanked the recipients for answering God’s call to a vocation in teaching. Bishop Barbarito expressed his gratitude to all of the teachers for their service.

“You not only teach the Gospel in your words, but by your fine example of what it means to follow Christ in your actions and interactions with students each day,” said Bishop Barbarito.

Bishop Barbarito congratulated David Anderson, an English teacher, at Saint John Paul II Academy in Boca Raton, as the recipient at this year’s celebration with the most years of employment at a school in the Diocese of Palm Beach. Anderson is celebrating his 35th year of employment with the diocese’s Office of Catholic Schools.

Other school staff receiving awards for their years of employment with the Diocese of Palm Beach include:


Celebrating 30 Years of Employment:

  • Peggy Skantar, Cardinal Newman High School, West Palm Beach
  • Margaret Statler, Saint Vincent Ferrer School, Delray Beach


Celebrating 25 Years of Employment:

  • Patti Zalnoski-McGeown, John Caroll High School, Vero Beach
  • Regina Rogers, Rosarian Academy, West Palm Beach
  • Susan Demes, St. Ann Catholic School, West Palm Beach
  • Darlene Licata, Saint Joan of Arc School, Boca Raton


Celebrating 20 Years of Employment:

  • Harold Nichols, Cardinal Newman High School, West Palm Beach
  • Javier Escalera, Cardinal Newman High School, West Palm Beach
  • Beau Roberts, John Carroll High School, Vero Beach
  • Gayle Forget, Saint Anastasia School, Ft. Pierce
  • Wendy Holmstrom, Saint Juliana School, West Palm Beach


Recognizing diocesan staff for milestone anniversaries is a tradition in the Diocese of Palm Beach. The Office of Catholic Schools recognizes school staff in the spring, and the Diocese of Palm Beach recognizes the staff at the Pastoral Center, the Administrative Offices of the diocese, every October, the month that the diocese was formed in 1984.


There are 19 schools in the Diocese of Palm Beach which are located from Vero Beach to Boca Raton. Information on each school is available on the website News and events from each school can also be found on the Office of Catholic Schools social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 225,749 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its elementary, middle and high schools.