During this year's Catholic Schools Week Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day, NDP announced that Steve Pomplon, director of social service, has been named NDP’s Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Pomplon has been leading NDP’s service program since 2007. His dedication to NDP’s students and the ideals of service is inspiring. Mr. Pomplon has worked with more than 4,000 teens and 30-plus Maryland service agencies. Countless underserved youth and adults have benefited from the program Mr. Pomplon directs, and for Notre Dame students, they have grown personally by witnessing firsthand the value of service and the intrinsic joy derived from helping others.
Since arriving at NDP, Mr. Pomplon has shepherded much-beloved, long-standing service traditions, such as Camp Umoja, Pasta for the Philippines, Diner with our Elders, and the Mississippi and Virginia Habitat Trips. Under his leadership NDP’s program has grown considerably, to include service learning components in three classes, the Refugee Youth Project, the establishment of Club Umoja, and the launching of the Arizona service trip, just to name a few.
For his past work, Mr. Pomplon was named one of The Daily Record’s “20 in Their Twenties” in 2012, and he received the Refugee Youth Project Community Engagement Award for his dedication to the RYP program in 2014.
Mr. Pomplon is a person who practices what he teaches. A 2006 graduate of Loyola University, he served in Alaska through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) for a year before coming to NDP. In that short time, his work with developmentally disabled adults earned him the Volunteer of the Year Award from Hope Community Resources, Inc., a state-wide organization that provides services and supports to people with disabilities.
Throughout his career, Mr. Pomplon has made an immeasurable difference in the life of Notre Dame Prep and in the greater Baltimore community. He is a wonderful role model for our students, and his energy, enthusiasm, positive outlook, and commitment are hallmarks of the work he does every day.