Southern teachers receive Outstanding awardsBy TERRI REUTER
Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District
Glen Rock, Pa – Southern York County School District teachers Andrew Warren and Sue Barnhart were recognized recently at the 26th Annual Outstanding Teacher Luncheon at Shippensburg University with Outstanding Teacher Awards.
Warren, who teaches social studies at Southern Middle School and Barnhart, a first grade teacher at Friendship Elementary School, were recognized along with 44 teachers from South Central Pennsylvania. The annual event is sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council, a professional development partnership between public school districts and the University.
Warren, who has been teaching at the District for the past eight years, teaches world history to seventh graders and United States history to eighth graders. A graduate of Penn State, he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University.
Barnhart has worked in the District for 23 years, having been a teacher and reading specialist at Southern Elementary for 12 years and a teacher at Friendship Elementary for the past 11 years. A lifelong resident and alumnus of the Southern York County School District, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Millersville University and her Master’s degree from Western Maryland College (McDaniel College).
The selection process for both teachers included recommendation letters from their schools’ administration. Both Warren and Barnhart wrote essays and supplied information on their professional backgrounds as well. They were also selected for their commitment to ongoing professional development, for utilizing innovative practices in the classroom, for serving in leadership roles in their schools, and for their commitment to community service.
During the luncheon, Michael Thew, Executive Director of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12, and Chair of the Selection Committee cited the “critical need for teachers of the highest quality to assure that our students are educationally and economically competitive in a global economy.” The most important component in a student’s success is the quality and experience of the classroom teacher, he said.
“This is the 14th year in a row that at least one teacher from the Southern York County School District has been selected for this honor,” Superintendent Thomas Hensley said.