St. Mary’s High School Administrative Assistant Patricia Gateau Honored with Distinguished Service Award
St. Mary’s High School is pleased to announce Patricia “Patty” Gateau has been named a 2020 Distinguished Service Award winner by the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association (MSADA.) The award is presented to individuals outside the field of athletic administration in recognition of their length of service, special accomplishments and contributions to interscholastic athletics. Gateau is the second St. Mary’s High School staff member to receive the award since its inception in 1990.
Gateau has served St. Mary’s High School as an administrative assistant for over 20 years and was the first ever to serve the school as an administrative assistant in the athletic department. She has worked with seven different athletic directors, including the current director, Allison Fondale, and assists in overseeing the school’s 36 athletic teams. Over the years, Gateau’s role has continued to expand to meet the needs of the school’s growing athletic department and ensure it runs smoothly. She manages all the behind the scenes efforts from confirming game times, locations, transportation and game officials and ordering plaques and awards to maintaining athletic records, creating game day programs and coordinating communications with the school’s 85 coaches.
“This award is about service and Patty has dedicated her life to service,” said St. Mary’s High School Athletic Director Allison Fondale. “Patty is highly respected by all she works with, whether at St. Mary’s or at an opposing school. She is a true servant leader, dedicated to others and strives to make St. Mary’s and those around her to be the best they can be.”
St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.