Judy Kandlbinder, Washington, will be the commencement speaker at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School commencement this Thursday, May 18.

Kandlbinder is a graduate of SFBRHS, and taught for 38 years at her alma mater before retiring in 2013.

She attended Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State College), and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1971.  She then received her Master in Education from Maryville University in St. Louis, and continued her history education at St. Louis University.

Prior to joining the faculty at SFBRHS, Kandlbinder taught several grades from first up to and including junior college.

Her teaching career at SFBRHS began in 1977. She has taught geography, civics, psychology, sociology, American history and honors American history through St. Louis University.

“Judy K. not only made it fun to be a student, she made it fun to be on the faculty and staff with her,” said Father Kevin Schmittgens, SFBRHS president. “Every day there was a healthy laugh, every day there was a memory to be had, every day she made it worth it to work at Borgia High School.”

Kandlbinder received the Student Council Teacher of the Year Award in 1982 and the Washington Jaycee Outstanding Educator Award in 1984. She was named the SFBRHS Faculty Teacher of the Year in 1989, and in 2002 received the Rotary Outstanding Educator Award.

Since retiring, Kandlbinder volunteers at hospice, St. Francis Borgia Grade School and is a member of the Readmission Team for Quality Improvement at Mercy Hospital Washington.

She also enjoys spending quality time with her eight grandchildren, ranging in age from 1 to 22. She and her husband Rich reside in Washington. They are the parents of three children, Ben, Molly and Megan, all graduates of SFBRHS.

The commencement ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Thur