Teacher of the Month

 

 

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Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market recognized Shrewsbury Christian Academy fifth-grade teacher, Deborah Stapf as the Brown’s December Teacher of the Month. She was nominated by her student, Timothy Holbrook. Shown from left, front row, are: Alex Taylor, Emily Javier and Timothy. Back row, W. Randall Reddinger, Head of Shrewsbury Christian Academy, Deborah, and Dave Brown, President of Brown’s Orchards.

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West York teachers recognized

 

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Shippensburg University School Study Council recognized Outstanding Teachers. Shown from left are: Emilie Lonardi (Superintendent), Paula Rudy (Principal of Trimmer Elementary), Gary Barshinger (Honoree), and Nellie Cyr  (Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Shippensburg University).
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Shippensburg University School Study Council recognized Outstanding Teachers. Shown from left are: Emilie Lonardi (Superintendent), Michael Brandt (Principal of Wallace Elementary), Michael Nardelli (Honoree), and Nellie Cyr (Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Shippensburg University).
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Southern teachers receive Outstanding awards

Andrew Warren, center, is pictured with Assistant Superintendent Sandra Lemmon, Southern Middle School Principal Len Reppert, and Superintendent Thomas Hensley.

By 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.

Sue Barnhart, second from left, is pictured with Assistant Superintendent Sandra Lemmon, Friendship Elementary School Principal Beth Koontz, and Superintendent Thomas Hensley.

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Dallastown teacher named April TOM

Dave Brown, left, general manager of Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market, returned to his alma mater, Dallastown Area High School, on May 31 to present teacher Christine Emig with a Brown’s gift basket. Emig was chosen as Brown’s April Teacher of the Month. She was nominated by students DJ Sweitzer, Erick McNealy and Cherilyn Walsh, who wrote that Mrs. Emig is cool, nice and helpful. Brown’s apples were handed out to the entire class.

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Mrs. Frederick is the Feb. Teacher of the Month

Mr. Brown and Mrs. Frederick

By LINDA GALLAGHER
Director of marketing,
Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market

Dave Brown, of Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market, surprised Mrs. Chastity Frederick, Advanced Biology teacher at Kids Day Out Academy, with a Brown’s gift basket and apples for her students on Friday, March 9. Mrs. Frederick was chosen as Brown’s February Teacher of the Month.

Students from her class sent in their nominations stating that Mrs. Frederick deserved the award because “she makes learning science fun,” “she inspires me to learn and work hard toward my goals,” “she’s incredible … very intelligent, comprehensive and makes learning a blast,” among many more compliments.

Each month Brown’s receives nominations from students throughout York County for their Teacher of the Month promotion. One name is pulled in a random drawing at the end of the month. Brown’s surprises a teacher each month with a visit to the classroom and presents them with a Brown’s gift basket as well as apples for everyone in the class.

To nominate your teacher, email linda@brownsorchards.com with your name, teacher’s name, school and one sentence to explain why your teacher is the best.

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Educators receive YCAL grants

More than 100 York County educators attended York County Alliance for Learning’s Career Education and Work Standards Symposium on Feb. 9 at Spring Grove Area High School.

During the event, YCAL awarded more than $8,700 to 14 educators through an Innovation Grant program. The applicants were required to partner with a York County business or organization to develop an innovative project that supports YCAL’s mission of facilitating the development of a high quality, relevant workforce through career awareness.

Grant recipients are:

– Laura Buffington, West Manheim Elementary School, Writing in Kindergarten and for Life.

– Donna Cherry, West York Area High School, Family and Consumer Science.

– Danette Eline and Brian Cromer, West Manheim Elementary School, Connecting Reading to the Real World.

– Francesca Fruci, West York Middle School, Lego Mindstorms.

– Brian Hastings, Spring Grove Area High School, Electrical Efficiency.

– Kathie Ingoglia, West York Area High School, Personal Finance Software, On Your Own Coast-to-Coast.

– Jacob Kump, West Manheim Elementary School, Mathematics in the Classroom and the Work Place.

– Andrea LaManna, E.H. Markle Intermediate School, Reel to Reel for REAL Careers.

– Carol Noble, West Manheim Elementary School, 21st Century Learners Working Ahead.

– Barbara Plunkett, York County School of Technology, Developing a Sustainable Nail Polish Retail Line.

– Jessica Rathell, West Manheim Elementary School, Smart Start!

– Wendy Riley, West Manheim Elementary School, A “Touching” Experience.

– Debra Rinker, Hanover Street Elementary School, My World Rocks.

– Mike Snyder, Kennard-Dale High School, ROBO Jobs.

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Brown’s names January Teacher of the Month

From left, Mr. Walker and Dave Brown, Brown’s Orchards VP.

By LINDA GALLAGHER
Director of marketing,
Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market

York, PA : Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market surprised Dallastown Intermediate school teacher, Mr. Brandon Walker, with a Brown’s gift basket and apples for his 100 students on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Mr. Walker is Brown’s January Teacher of the Month.

Fifth-graders, Cole Shaffer, Srishti Singh, Meghan Williams, Emily Girouard and Haley Smith all nominated Mr. Walker by writing into Brown’s Orchards. The students described Mr. Walker as “funny, nice and respectful.” Meghan and Haley both wrote that “he inspires and pushes us to do our best.” Emily added that “he makes class fun and exciting and is not mean.”

Each month Brown’s receives nominations from students throughout York County for their Teacher of the Month promotion. One name is pulled in a random drawing at the end of the month. Brown’s surprises a teacher each month with a visit to the classroom and presents them with a Brown’s gift basket as well as apples for everyone in the class.

To nominate your teacher, email linda@brownsorchards.com with your name, teacher’s name, school and one sentence to explain why your teacher is the best.

More information about Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market, Inc. can be found by visiting www.brownsorchards.com.

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Brown’s names Nov. TOM

Mrs. Pitzer and Dave Brown

Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market surprised York Academy Regional Charter School’s second-grade teacher, Mrs. Pitzer, with a Brown’s gift basket and apples for her students. Mrs. Pitzer is Brown’s November Teacher of the Month.

Mrs. Pitzer was nominated by student Joe Tansey who wrote, “Mrs Pitzer is the best because she is crafty with art and music during our specials.” When Joe handed out apples to each of his classmates some of them began eating them right away, despite missing their two front teeth!

Each month Brown’s receives nominations from students throughout York County for their Teacher of the Month promotion. One name is pulled in a random drawing at the end of the month. Brown’s surprises a teacher each month with a visit to the classroom and presents them with a Brown’s gift basket as well as apples for everyone in the class.

To nominate your teacher, email linda@brownsorchards.com with your name, teacher’s name, school and one sentence to explain why your teacher is the best.

For more information about Brown’s Orchards, visit www.brownsorchards.com.

Mrs. Pitzer and her students with Dave Brown.

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D-town guidance counselor receives award

Mr. William Probert

Congratulations to Mr. William Probert, chairman of Dallastown Area Middle School’s Guidance Department, upon being selected as the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association’s Middle School Counselor of the Year.

Mr. Probert oversees a comprehensive guidance program in a grade 7-8 setting and is charged with coordinating meetings with the K-12 school counseling department, serving approximately 6,000 students.

In addition, Mr. Probert has been instrumental in developing school supports for struggling students; was integral in the development of in-house alternative education, emotional support, cyber-school and neurologically impaired classrooms; oversees the middle school’s summer career camp; serves on the Building Safety Committee; is Vice President of our Communities That Care organization; and has developed a free parent-education series.

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Brown’s names Oct. Teacher of the Month

Pictured, from left, are Marisa Donnelly and Dave Brown, Brown's Orchards vice president.

Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market surprised Mrs. Marissa Donnelly, Mount Zion Lutheran Preschool teacher, with a gift basket and apples for her students for being named Brown’s October Teacher of the Month.

Mrs. Donnelly was nominated by siblings, Isaiah and Bella Brokopp. Isaiah, 4, said, “My teacher is great because she loves me”. Bella, 3, responded, “and because I love her.”

Each month Brown’s receives nominations from students throughout York County for their Teacher of the Month promotion. One name is pulled in a random drawing at the end of the month. Brown’s surprises a teacher each month with a visit to the classroom and presents them with a Brown’s gift basket as well as apples for everyone in the class.

To nominate your teacher email linda@brownsorchards.com with your name, teacher’s name, school and one sentence to explain why your teacher is the best.

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Wal-Mart enhances Shrewsbury classrooms

By TERRI REUTER
Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District

The Shrewsbury Wal-Mart recently surprised 10 teachers at Shrewsbury Elementary School, when their names were randomly selected in a drawing. Each teacher received a $100 gift card, which they will use to purchase materials that will enhance their classrooms.

Grace Hansen, Wal-Mart community involvement coordinator, surprised the teachers at the drawing with balloons and a cake. The drawing came about after store employees voted for their favorite schools. This is the third year for the program and the second year that Shrewsbury has been selected, Hansen said.

This drawing is part of Wal-Mart’s annual community donation program, she said. The Shrewsbury store donates about $20,000 each year to the community. The store also raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network through the Hershey Medical Center.

Previously, the store nominated one teacher to receive a larger reward. “We used to invite students to nominate a teacher for the ‘Teacher of the Year’ Award,” Hansen said. “That doesn’t benefit the teachers as much.”

In the past, when a teacher was selected for the Teacher of the Year Award, he or she would receive an award, as well as the school. “It’s the teacher, not the school, that makes a school,” Hansen said. “Wal-Mart wants to help more teachers.”

With this revamped program, several teachers may benefit from Wal-Mart’s donation, she said.

“We appreciate Wal-Mart’s generosity, which will provide additional resources to our schools on behalf of these excellent teachers,” said Wayne McCullough, Director of Administrative Services.

The following teachers each received gift cards from Wal-Mart, which will be used to purchase new materials to enhance their classrooms:

Melissa Havekotte, Grade 5
Audra Myers, Grade 4
Alison Reppert, Kindergarten
Becky Cohenour, Grade 1
Brooke Lesinski, Grade 5
Johanna Levi, String Instruments
Cindy Procopio, Grade 2
Kristen Mikita, Physical Education
Jill Fitzsimmons, Learning Support
Jennifer Schiding, Kindergarten.

Shrewsbury Wal-Mart randomly rewarded 10 Shrewsbury Elementary School teachers as part of its annual community donation program. Pictured are, from left, Jennifer Schiding, Jill Fitzsimmons, Audra Myers, Becky Cohenour, Principal Jodie Sauers, Wal-Mart representative Grace Hansen, Brooke Lesinski, Alison Reppert and Melissa Havekotte.

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Educators become students in Leadership York class

Twenty-four teachers and administrators from six York County school districts have been accepted into Leadership York’s 2012 Leadership for Diverse Schools class. The classmates will work together through May as they learn to interact more effectively with diverse students, parents and colleagues in their school districts.

Pictured are:
Row one, Catherine DiPiano and Kathleen Rupp, both of Dallastown Area School District, and Margaret Benedict, of West York Area School District.
Row two, Cheryl Mattern, of Central York School District; Pam Kutcher, of York Suburban School District; Briana LaVorgna, of Central York; Margie Orr, of the York City School District; Hailey Holder, of Spring Grove Area School District; Marcella Oathout, of York Suburban; and Charlotte Utter, of Central York.
Row three, Joshua Doll, of Dallastown Area; Bob Grove, of Central York; John Beach, of York Suburban; Michael Wagner, of Central York; Jillian Kowalewski, of Dallastown Area; Ben Long, of Spring Grove Area; Kim Schwarz, of York City; and Chris Hewitt, of Dallastown Area.
Row four, Peter Fernandez, of Central York; Heather Venné and Michael DelPriore Jr., both of West York Area; Keith Still, of York City; Jolene Kingston, of York Suburban; and Andrew Schneider, of Dallastown Area.

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Southern teachers receive Outstanding Awards

By TERRI REUTER
Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District

Glen Rock, Pa – Two teachers from the Southern York County School District are the most recent recipients of the “Outstanding Teacher Award” for 2011-12, sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council.

Susquehannock High School Math Teacher Maureen Honeychuck and Southern Elementary School Librarian Lynn Clements were honored with the award this fall at a luncheon at the University. In addition, both were also selected as Shippensburg “Guest Lecturers,” where they will teach a session this year to college students who aspire to become teachers.

“This is the 13th year in a row that we had at least one of our teachers receive this award,” Superintendent Thomas Hensley said.

As a high school math teacher, Honeychuck teaches honors classes in Algebra I and III along with Pre-Calculus. She has been teaching for 12 years, eight of which have been at Susquehannock.

“Teaching was a career change for me,” Honeychuck said. “I worked in the banking and insurance industries as a systems analyst for several years. After I became a parent, I found that I was fascinated with how my children learned. That was one of the many unexpected joys of parenting and I decided that it was a topic that I wanted to pursue in my work.”

As a result, Honeychuck returned to school, and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and a certificate to teach secondary math through John’s Hopkins University.

“I am honored by the award because I am surrounded by outstanding teachers,” she said. “Many of my best practices come from ideas, advice, and wisdom shared by my colleagues.”

As a guest lecturer this year, Honeychuck will return to Shippensburg and discuss how she uses the teaching practice of reflection to guide her teaching and improve her curriculum and instruction each year.

“I intend to share a lesson that I developed from an article I read,” she said. “I will show the teacher candidates how I tweaked the lesson many times from the first time I taught it to its current state.”

Likewise, Lynn Clements, who serves as the librarian at Southern Elementary School, was nominated for the award by the elementary principals. She will also lecture to Shippensburg education students during the school year.

“I feel very honored, as I teach with such a fine staff of professionals in this District,” Clements said. “It is especially nice to be honored, as I am a ‘specialist’ and I think it recognizes the fact that we are all teachers, with the same goal of teaching our students in the best way possible.”

Having been a teacher for 23 years, Clements has worked at Southern Schools for the last six years. Prior to coming to Southern, Clements also taught in North Carolina and Virginia. Highlights of her career include several professional opportunities, she said. She was a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellow and an Eisenhower Fellow. In addition, Clements has written and received numerous grants for instructional programs with which she has implemented through the years.

In addition, Clements also focuses on the use of technology and its implications for school libraries. Most recently, she received a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) grant which allowed for the purchase of netbooks and iPads for student use in the school’s library.

“That being said, I still love the satisfaction of a child who comes back and tells me that a book I recommended was just right.”

The selection process for each of these teachers included recommendation letters from the schools’ administration. The teachers also supplied information on their professional backgrounds as well.

“Congratulations are extended to Maureen and Lynn on this outstanding honor,” Hensley said. “Both are very deserving of this recognition.”

From left are Thomas Hensley, District Superintendent; Sandra Lemmon, Assistant Superintendent; Honeychuck; Cheryl Slattery, Shippensburg Associate Professor; and Robert Bryson, Susquehannock High School Principal.

From left are Hensley, Lemmon, Clements, Slattery and Donna Koval, Southern Elementary Principal.

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