Sarcinella was one of 18 teachers, administrators and staff members chosen for the award that is handed out among those serving the 217 Catholic elementary and secondary schools within the archdiocese. More than 545 nominations were received this year.
Sarincella has worked at St. Barnabas for the past 16 years. She and Joe Accardi, the mission advancement coordinator at St. Benedict Preparatory School in North Center, won in the Heart of Service category.
The award recognizes "individuals who provide excellent support to the school community." Winners are often people who work behind the scenes, according to a written release from the archdiocese.
Sarcinella began as a St. Barnabas parent of two students and later became a substitute teacher. Holding a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from DePaul University, Sarcrinella then became the school's business manager, admissions coordinator and website manager.
"Lisa works endless hours during the school day, at night and on the weekends, answering every email and question that the students, parents and teachers have for her. She never complains and NEVER seeks recognition but without a doubt deserves more than a round of applause," her nomination said.
Sarcinella is also an active St. Barnabas parishioner and serves as the school's photographer.
"We are so thankful for everything she brings to St. Barnabas, and are overjoyed that she has been recognized in this way... Thank you for everything you do for all of us, Mrs. Sarcinella!" school officials said Tuesday in a message to parents.