Our annual Faculty-Trustee Dinner is a great opportunity for St. Sebastian's employees and board members to spend time together and to celebrate outstanding service to our School. On Wednesday, November 10, mathematics teacher Paul Tremblay P'19 and Science Department Chair David Wilbur were honored for their 25 years of service to St. Sebastian's. Faculty member George Morelli, who was unable to attend the dinner, was also recognized for achieving this great milestone. David and George officially joined the Wall of Honor in 2020, followed by Paul in 2021.
After faculty members and trustees had the opportunity to mingle during the cocktail hour in Ward Hall, the formal event began with a prayer from Fr. John Arens. In his remarks, Board of Trustees President Jim Elcock '77, P'08 thanked the faculty and staff for all they do to support and build up St. Sebastian's, noting that their efforts throughout the pandemic serve as a perfect example of their impact on our students and this community.
History teacher Shaun Stanton took the podium to give a comedic speech filled with playful jabs at Paul and his character while also celebrating him as a teacher, coach, father and colleague. Headmaster Burke followed, praising Paul as “a loving husband, a devoted father, a gifted educator, a dedicated coach, a wise mentor, and a celebrated author.” Paul then took his turn at the podium where he thanked fellow faculty members and his family and also spoke about his son, Cole '19, who really enjoyed his years as an Arrow.
Science teacher John Ryan then gave heartfelt remarks about David, honoring him as department chair, teacher and friend. “He’s what we want our teachers to be for our students,” shared John. “He’ll teach you physics, but he’ll teach you how to be a good person even more… It is his vocation.” Headmaster Burke shared these sentiments: “Called to teach, David is a naturally gifted educator and the quintessential professional, born to be both a teacher and mentor… He digs deep and he shares his treasures freely and fully, earning the highest levels of respect, admiration and affection of all.” In his remarks, David reminisced about his journey as a teacher at St. Sebastian’s and thanked his colleagues, as well as his wife and two daughters, and highlighted the trustees for the important role they play in helping the school to thrive.
From all of us at St. Sebastian's, we thank Paul and David, as well as George, for their many years of devoted service to our School.