WARREN, Mich. – Since coming onboard in 1982, Vicki Granger has always been a pioneer at De La Salle Collegiate.
The second female educator and first department chairperson in school history, Vicki is set to shatter the glass ceiling – again. This time, Mrs. Granger will have the distinction of becoming the first-ever woman honored at the Christian Brothers’ Dinner.
Mrs. Granger has worn many different hats during her 36-year career at The Collegiate. She began her tenure teaching Advanced Placement English and English Composition. She also taught Journalism and was faculty moderator of the Co-Pilot student newspaper (1983-2004) and the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society (1995-2004), as well as coordinator of Academic Affairs.
It’s for those efforts, and others, that she is this year’s recipient of the John C. Monigold Award, given to the person who has truly served De La Salle and the Lasallian mission of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
She will receive her award during the 38th annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner on May 16 at Penna’s of Sterling.
“Vicki Granger has made a significant difference in the lives of countless young men at De La Salle Collegiate,” De La Salle President John M. Knight said. “I am honored to serve alongside her and on behalf of all of us at De La Salle – past and present – we thank Vicki for all that she has done and continues to do for our community. God bless you, Vicki!”
Prior to coming to The Collegiate, Mrs. Granger served as principal of Servite High School (1980-82), and taught different subjects at Dominican High School (1976-80), Our Lady of La Salette Grade School (1972-76) and Bishop Gallagher High School (1970-71).
Brother Kevin Gilhooly, principal at De La Salle from 1979-85, hired Mrs. Granger as the second female teacher – behind Renee Haraburda, who taught Spanish from 1977-85.
Mrs. Granger was hired to lead the English Department that included teachers Clyde Schabacher, Robert Divizio, Brian Kelly, and Brother Robert Wittmann. Today, there are more than two dozen female teachers at De La Salle.
“I remember Vicki Granger as one of the first people that I met as a freshman, or should I say froshling, as I believe she called us,” said Matt Loria, Dinner Chairman and a 1995 graduate. “She was very much into the orientation and onboarding experience. I have to admit, I was scared at that time of what lied ahead. For me, she started out as one of the daunting figures at La Salle and over the time became my teacher and friend.”
A 1966 graduate of Regina High School, Mrs. Granger has a bachelor’s in education from Wayne State University, a masters in communication from Eastern Michigan University, and a masters in education from the University of Detroit.
Mrs. Granger and her husband, Mike, have been married 42 years, and put two sons, Sean (1995) and Brian (1999) through De La Salle.
“I don’t think most teachers really know, and often don’t realize, the impacts they have on people,” Loria said. “Vicki has made the impact. Even if someone didn’t fully appreciate what they had during their stay at De La Salle, time has surely shown us her ongoing dedication and passion for us as the men of De La Salle.”