Beloved SMH Faculty Member Honored with Outstanding Educator Award

Beloved SMH Faculty Member Honored with Outstanding Educator Award

Former Upper School Social Studies Teacher Paul Gage, who is beloved by many students, alumni, and colleagues, has been selected for the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. Students accepted into the University of Chicago Class of 2024 were asked to nominate an educator who has positively impacted their lives and whose guidance has helped them along the path toward intellectual growth. Responses were received from thousands of students in recognition of these educators.

Mr. Gage joined the Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) faculty in 2003 and retired after 17 years. He received SMH’s Master Teacher Award in 2009 and 2015. Mr. Gage has impacted generations of SMH families over the years and has attended many basketball games, acted as an extra in a number of school productions, and actively keeps in touch with many alumni. Today he serves as a substitute teacher.


The University of Chicago's distinguished award, which has existed for more than 30 years, honors educators such as Mr. Gage, who are exceptional in their field and are role models for their students. Award winners receive a commemorative award, certificate, and letter that includes details from the student who nominated them. A virtual event celebrating this year’s winners will be held on October 21 at 7pm. The presentation will be conducted via Zoom. More information regarding the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award can be found on their website.

"Receiving the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago was a wonderful retirement gift, and such a positive way to end a 50-plus-year career in education. I have been especially impressed with how the university has personalized the experience,” said Mr. Gage. “They shared Sam Eckert's ’20 very touching and thoughtful nominating statement. It is an award I value and treasure."

Saint Mary’s Hall teachers often serve as mentors for life to many of our students. The school will never exceed the quality and impact of its faculty, leaving an indelible mark on students as they continue their journey beyond the halls of SMH. Currently, the school has 89 full-time faculty with an average of 19 years teaching experience and 10 years average tenure at SMH, with 60% holding advanced degrees. To learn more about our faculty, visit our Meet Our Faculty and Staff web page.