Congratulations to another 2021 Educator of the Year, Darian Stout
Educator of the Year – Special Education & Under Served Category
Award Funded by the Maginn Family Foundation
Darian Stout, Madonna School, Omaha
Darian Stout has played a strategic role in developing and launching Madonna school’s three-year Transition Program where students learn invaluable skills in home living, community experiences, social-emotional learning, functional academics and employment skills.
Darian said that the chance to see his students hold their first paycheck, cook their first meal without help, give back to the community, or attend Mass in Madonna’s chapel “is as rewarding as it gets.”
As the program’s assistant director and instructor, Darian’s calm and confident demeanor and unwavering dedication ensures that these special students can experience an adulthood of independence and become successful and treasured members of the community.
“Darian is one who quietly lives out his faith each day, not only in his chose ministry to serve those with disabilities, but in his calm confident demeanor, and his willingness to do anything it takes for students to succeed,” said Jon Burt, Madonna School president.
As a way to encourage community involvement, Darian initiated a partnership with Siena Francis House for students to make sack lunches for guests of the shelter. The help was critical during COVID-19 pandemic when volunteers and kitchen staff were scarce. Linda Twomey, executive director of Siena Francis House and Madonna School parent, said the help from students “has been one of our biggest saving graces during the pandemic.”
A recent graduate from Madonna School said this about Darian: “I can’t say just one thing. There are so many. He’s like Captain America. He really cares about me and has really fun ways to help us learn. He’s also really friendly and likes to talk a lot.”
Darian has worked at Madonna School for 12 years. He is a member of St. Pius X Parish. He has a bachelor’s from Creighton University, a master’s in fine arts from University of Nebraska and a master’s in special education from University of Nebraska Kearney. Darian is married and enjoys spending time with his family as well as reading, gardening, and cooking.
Did you know each of the Educators of the Year are not only honored at an annual event, but all receive a $5,000 award in recognition of their outstanding work?
The Archbishop’s Dinner for Education is September 23 at CHI Health Center.