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Outstanding Alumna Award

The Outstanding Alumna Award is given each year to an alumna who exhibits the qualities inherent in the St. Mary’s philosophy: integrity, spirituality, loyalty, and service.

Kat Gordon '00


St. Mary's Alumnae Association is pleased to announce that Kat Gordon '00 will be honored as St. Mary's Outstanding Alumna during Alumnae Weekend, April 24-25, 2020. Kat is the founder and owner of Muddy's Bake Shop, a Mid-South favorite that has been featured in Southern Living and The New York Times, on the Food Network, and recognized as one of the "Top Bakeries in America." She opened Muddy's on February 29, 2008 (the perfect day for a leap of faith!) and over the years has served not only as owner and founder, but also dishwasher, copywriter, trainer, baker, cashier, and chief cake taster.

Kat began her St. Mary's career in Kindergarten in 1986. After 14 years at the corner of Perkins and Walnut Grove, she graduated in 2000. She is a loyal, engaged alumna, hosting workshops, returning to St. Mary's to speak in Chapel, and even teaching a lesson on baking in Junior Kindergarten. Kat served as Alumnae Board President and a member of the Board of Trustees from 2013 through 2015. 

She and her husband Thomas Robinson (also a native Memphian and third runner up of the St. Mary's "Mr. Valentine" contest) have two "mostly good" dogs, Phin and Sophie. She is the proud aunt of 12 nephews and nieces--one of whom, Blaise Burbank, will graduate from St. Mary's in May. Kat is an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church, currently serving as a member of the vestry and a lay eucharistic minister. She recently completed her term as a lay representative on Bishop & Council and is proud to have been a co-chair, with husband Thomas, of the successful St. Columba Called to Grow capital campaign.

Kat adores Memphis and all the incredible stories, projects, and individuals that make her hometown so special. The thing that excites and inspires her most about her work is developing leaders both within and outside of Muddy's, and finding ways for her small, independent business to make a big impact on her community.

Creative Teacher Award

The St. Mary’s Alumnae Association presents the Creative Teacher Award each year to a teacher who exemplifies the high ideals of the school and who embodies a spirit of wonder and imagination. The award rotates among divisions and is selected by the division head.

Creative Teacher Award Recipients
  • 2019: Meagan Michael
  • 2018: Sarah Trimm
  • 2017: Kari Duncan
  • 2016: Allison Warren
  • 2015: Sally Mansberg Rosenberg '80
  • 2014: Jeanine Akers
  • 2013: Jessica Lancaster
  • 2012: Shelley Kuykendall Herzke '90
  • 2011: Caroline Goodman
  • 2010: Middle School Robotics Team
  • 2009: Jan Cone Davis '68
  • 2008: Josie McNeely Walker '76
  • 2007: Becky Jacks
  • 2006: Lain Whitaker
  • 2005: Leigh Mansberg
  • 2004: Nancy Miller
  • 2003: Jenny Madden
  • 2002: Michael Volpe
  • 2001: Jeanne Wilson
  • 2000: Allyson Raymer
  • 1999: Marsha Stemmler
  • 1998: Ann Wright
  • 1997: Mary Lou Entzminger
  • 1996: Kathleen McElroy
  • 1995: Eighth Grade ENSEMBLE Team
  • 1994: Linda Goodwin
  • 1993: Nanette Quinn
  • 1992: Gwenice McLaughlin
  • 1991: Kay Betts
  • 1990: Rhendle Millen
  • 1989: Laurel Eskridge
  • 1988: Anne Reiners
  • 1987: Kay Humphreys
  • 1986: Sheila Patrick
  • 1985: Laura Brewer
  • 1984: Emily Townes
  • 1983: Richard Tanner
  • 1982: Lee McMahon
  • 1981: Barbara Mansberg