Since 1988, Peninsula Catholic High School and the Knights of Columbus, Council 5480, have been recognizing members of the faculty who distinguish themselves as exceptional Catholic School educators. This monetary award was originally made possible through a donation by Joseph and Irene Carpenito, both very active with the Knights of Council 5480.
This year’s educator of the year arrived at Peninsula Catholic just four years ago, but her impact on her students and on the school has been great. As a member of the history department, Mrs. Brandquist came in ready and excited to teach World History. While not new to teaching an AP course, she took on AP European History for the first time. It is, arguably, one of the most rigorous AP courses due to the volumes of history that must be covered--pretty much from the year 1450 to, well, now, and it has to be covered in 70 days, no less. Beyond her expertise in her subject matter, she has helped mentor teachers as a Team Leader and, most recently, as department chairperson. She has also made a strong connection with her homeroom girls, serving as a strong advocate and sounding board for them throughout the year. If anyone is looking for a party planner, I highly recommend Mrs. Brandquist as she was instrumental in helping the junior class host the most elegant evening of the year, Cinderella’s Ball. She is beloved by her students for her passion for history and commitment to their success and well respected by her peers for her calm demeanor and professionalism.