Thomas Knestrict, associate professor of education at Xavier University, has been named the Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year by the Xavier chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society.
A resident of Mason, Knestrict has taught at Xavier since 2004. He received an EdD in special education from the University of Cincinnati and a BS in special education from Kent State University. He is well-known for his Remarkable Families Symposium, which presents the opportunity for families raising children with special needs to access resources, learn of new opportunities and to network with other families in order to “not only survive but to thrive.”
“I am blessed to be at Xavier where I can live out my faith in what I do professionally,” Knestrict says. “Men and women for others is a Jesuit ethic and I am encouraged to bring these values to teaching young men and women how to work with children and parents. We want Xavier to be known as the family resilience research capital.”
Presented by Anna Wiley, president of Alpha Sigma Nu, The Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year Award is given to a professor who has a profound impact on a wide range of students.
“The students who nominated Tom praised his knowledge, his passion, and his commitment to his students both in and out of the classroom,” said Michelle Brady, associate professor of philosophy and Alpha Sigma Nu advisor. “They appreciated the way he offers support while at the same time challenges them to excel. And many of them were inspired by the example he sets as a teacher. As one student said, ‘Having such an incredible role model has greatly inspired me in my own teaching profession.’”
Alpha Sigma Nu was established at Xavier in 1939. ASN has awarded the Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year Award since 1980.