celebrate Chiaravalle 2023 with Good Shepherd Montessori School!
Join us for our annual fundraiser honoring the 2023 Chiaravalle Award recipient, Kate Sollmann!
Gala Dinner—May 6
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 6 at our school and feature a scratch-made, farm-inspired menu prepared by our talented culinary team led by Michele Woody and Heather Tuttle.
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be available prior to the dinner and award program. Fellowship and friendly bidding on silent auction items will be accompanied by musical offerings from our talented students. Dessert and coffee will round out the evening.
Tickets are $95/each. Available now at our Square storefront
Golf Outing—May 25
Kate Sollmann is the 2023 recipient of Good Shepherd Montessori School’s Chiaravalle Award. This award honors a local community member whose work has improved the lives of children, spreading the light of learning and compassion. Kate has served as the school nurse at Good Shepherd for the last seven years, caring for our students’ physical needs but also their mental, emotional, and spiritual health as well. Kate embodies the school’s mission to nurture the character and uniqueness of each child, caring for students and their families in a holistic way.
Kate’s gifts and talents are numerous, but she has the distinct ability to make complex medical concepts accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. She attests that her favorite aspect of nursing is educating patients and families, building their confidence, and providing encouragement. Kate has used this gift to initiate the addition of a holistic health curriculum for upper elementary students, teaching them how to care for their changing bodies and optimize their mental and emotional health. She has also helped the Good Shepherd community tackle difficult topics head-on—like grieving the death of a loved one and struggling with mental health challenges—from a perspective of evidence-based practice and self-compassion.
Kate is a skillful and dedicated professional who has pursued advanced education, earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2022. She received the Madeleva Award for excellence in graduate studies, the highest honor conferred on a graduate student by Saint Mary’s College. Kate has led Good Shepherd by recommending research-based practices on everything from medication management to nutrition in order to manage the collective health of our community. Her clear-headed leadership was indispensable to helping Good Shepherd navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Kate heroically took on the challenge of recommending procedures to mitigate the risks of viral transmission, addressing parent and student concerns about highly-politicized issues in a way that balanced science with compassion. Due in large part to Kate’s leadership and guidance, GSMS students completed a full year of in-person learning during 2020–2021, while many students throughout the country remained at home. A trusted resource for parents and a comforting presence to students of all ages, Kate continues to monitor health indicators across the student body, providing advice to families and staff and on-call support.
In addition to serving in her capacity as a nurse, Kate is also a trained catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Kate has volunteered many hours teaching in the Atrium at GSMS and at Little Flower Catholic Church. Her strong faith has propelled her devotion to service, and she exemplifies love and kindness in her every action, big and small, inviting children to follow her lead.
Kate holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame, afterward completing the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Loyola University Chicago. While working on the Resource Team at Children's Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children's), Kate discovered a passion for caring for infants in the NICU. She later worked in the NICU at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL, and Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. Last year Kate graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN, and became a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Kate’s pursuit of a nursing career was strategic so that she would have the necessary flexibility to attend to her role as a wife and mother. Kate and her husband, Steve, have three children of their own, Mae (15), Will (12), and Luke (9), and have been foster parents through the Department of Child Services. Kate loves spending time in her backyard with family and friends, reading non-fiction books, and walking her dog, Nelly. Her latest project is co-developing a curriculum with her sister for middle school students that integrates body positivity and intuitive eating with themes around puberty and healthy development.
The annual Chiaravalle fundraiser is made possible by support from our school community and generous sponsors from local businesses. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dr. Joshua Kaiser, Head of School, at email@example.com.
Past Chiaravalle Award Recipients
Charles and Barbara Asher | Freedom 22 Foundation
Carolyn Hahn | The CASIE Center
Kirby Falkenberg | YMCA of Michiana
Terri Kosik | Early Childhood Development Center, ND/SMC
Reg Wagle | Memorial Health Foundation
James Kaspa | South Bend Community School Corporation
La Casa de Amistad
Daniel J. Myers | University of Notre Dame & President Emeritus, GSMS Board
Barbara Reed, posthumous | Montessori Pioneer
Sue Christensen and Ann Rosen | The Family Connection
Gerry Gingras | Saint Mary's College & GSMS Educator
JoAnn DeCloedt | Countryside Montessori School
Marianne Surges | The Montessori Center
Bonnie Boilini Baxter | Children's Dance Workshop
Daniel W. Driscoll and Felicia Leon-Driscoll | Good Shepherd Montessori School