Theology teacher Mr. James Scacalossi ’83 P’15’20 was recognized with the 2023 Patricia Hannon Ignatian Educator Award during Spring Convocation on Monday. Accepting the honor before students, colleagues, and fellow alumni, Mr. Scacalossi was praised for his demonstrated passion for teaching, an enthusiasm he has taken with him into Regis classrooms for 33 years.
“While teaching the same courses for a long time, [he] is constantly looking for ways to innovate and to make new connections between the course material and the students' lives," shared one colleague when nominating Mr. Scacalossi for the award. Another described Mr. Scacalossi as “a trusted advisor and skilled teacher, always making classes interesting and fun, while the care shown for the needs and feelings of our young people shines through."
The award is named for the late Mrs. Patricia Hannon, a profound presence in the Regis Science department for 23 years. Hannon left a lasting mark on decades of chemistry students and was revered by her peers for her approach and commitment to teaching. Since her passing in 2005, an award in her memory has been bestowed on a member of the faculty who, like Mrs. Hannon, has contributed to student development in and out of the classroom.
The Patricia Hannon Ignatian Educator Award is the highest honor a Regis faculty member can receive. Mr. Scacalossi's name will appear alongside those of former winners on a plaque in the 84th Street foyer.