VERO BEACH — The Becker Award of Excellence, created by Lisa and Bill Becker of Vero Beach, has been awarded to two faculty members at Saint Edward’s School.
The Award’s purpose is to recognize outstanding faculty members at Saint Edward’s School who have at least three years teaching experience at Saint Edward’s and a minimum of five years teaching experience overall.
This year’s awardees: Daniel Koh from the Upper and Middle School divisions, and Margaret Young from the Lower School division, were announced at the School’s closing ceremonies in June.
In bestowing the awards, Lisa and Bill Becker emphasized that these outstanding faculty members are noted for the quality of their teaching, an obvious love for students, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of the teaching profession and each has demonstrated loyalty and pride at being
a part of the Saint Edward’s community. These individuals are also recognized for special and innovative projects both inside and outside the classroom, for taking on extra duties and responsibilities and making special contributions to the Saint Edward’s learning community.
They are a role model for faculty and an example of the high quality of teaching at Saint Edward’s School.
Daniel Koh is Chair of the Music Department at Saint Edward’s and Director of Choral Activities for both the Middle and Upper School. He has been on the faculty since 2008 and he currently directs more than 150 students in 8 distinct choral groups. Koh holds an undergraduate
degree in Music from Westmont College, a Master of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music and is completing work on his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting, also from Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
He was previously Director of Choral Activities at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Koh lives in Vero Beach and is founder of the Atlantic Chamber Singers, director of the Vero Beach Choral Society, guest conductor for the Treasure Coast Chapter American Guild of Organists Combined Choir and the assistant conductor of the Vero Beach Community Church Chancel Choir and the Atlantic Schola Cantorum.
Margaret Young teaches Junior Kindergarten at Saint Edward’s School and has been on the faculty since 1998. She is also the Director of the Extended and Late Day programs and currently serves as Department Representative for the Pre-Primary grades. Young received her B.A. in education from the University of Florida and has touched the lives of hundreds of children attending Saint Edward’s in their pre-school years. She came to Saint Edward’s to share in the loving environment, small class sizes and Christian atmosphere. A native of Vero Beach, she is married to Pat and they have two sons, Andrew ’07 and Parker ’10.