Teachers of the Year awarded
Pottstown Schools honored their best teachers at a recent school board meeting, naming a Teacher of the Year for each school building, and then an overall Teacher of the Year for the entire district.
Pottstown School District awarded Mary Ellen Lammey, of Elverson, the Barth Elementary school teacher of the year and the Pottstown School District Teacher of the Year.
When it comes to producing, it would be next to impossible to find someone who does it better than this teacher. Through her systematic approach to meeting the needs of each and every child in her classroom, she has demonstrated time and time again that she is capable of growing students beyond their capacity; often taking students who were well below grade level and getting them to the proficient level. One colleague described her as an “enthusiastic educator who implements cutting edge strategies in her classroom on a regular basis.” She works hard at keeping students interested in active during class! Another colleague who has worked with this teacher for years said “when I think of the type of teacher I want for my own child, this teacher immediately comes to mind.” In education, there is no higher compliment.
Franklin’s teacher of the year has been at Franklin elementary school for two years, but has taught in the Pottstown school district for over 30 years! She is a Pottstown High School graduate, and followed in her father’s footsteps when she began working at Franklin elementary! She’s a passionate and en- ergetic teacher, known to be extremely patient and dedicated. She is seen as a leader in the building, often mentoring new teachers. She has been an active member of the earth day committee and brought the “respect program” to Franklin to help teach students about taking care of the environment. She also brought the “Read for Ronald” program to Franklin, encouraging students to read, while raising money for the Ronald McDonald house in Philadelphia. Please join me in congratulating Franklin elementary schools teacher of the year, Mrs. Tina Ludy!
Lincoln’s teacher of the year works collaboratively with colleagues, administrators, and parents. This extraordinary teacher plans and coordinates with three grade level teachers to ensure that all student’s academic needs are being met on a daily basis. She attends student study team meetings and provides strategies and interventions to meet the needs of not only her students but of all students. She forges partnerships with families to promote student learning at home and in the school. This teacher displays a positive and enthusiastic attitude in her daily instruction! She genuinely loves teaching children and it shows each and every day. She consistently demonstrates and utilizes positive reinforcement with all of her students and she always makes a positive contribution to the overall climate of the school. It is my great pleasure to announce Lincoln elementary schools teacher of the year, Mrs. Karen Seemann!
The Rupert teacher of the year always has the door to her classroom open to students and staff! She’s caring and compassionate toward colleagues and students who are always put first. She is viewed by her peers as a valuable resource, and makes it a priority to address the emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of her students every day. This teacher provides a classroom environment that allows students to grow, feel successful, and cared for! She incorporates technology and kinesthetic learning into her daily lessons, while focusing on the individual needs of each child. This teacher also works hard to establish positive relationships with parents. She communicates with them on a daily basis and partners with them as their child grows under her care. She works hard outside of school on nights and weekends, earning her master’s degree and reading specialist certificate. The Rupert staff is very fortunate to have her as a member of their family and is proud to announce their teacher of the year as Mrs. Christine Fiorillo!
Pottstown Middle School 5⁄6
Sometimes, you do not know the extent of someone’s influence and good works until they are no longer present to do them! Last school year this teacher left the middle school for half a year due to an unexpected injur y. Administrators could tell immediately that his absence would affect the fifth grade staff. The middle school was at a loss… And there was no way to fill it. Thankfully, he was back this year! His mentoring and guidance with younger staff is amazing and his “problem solver” attitude is contagious among all of the staff. The way students are engaged in his classroom is a sight to see! The energy that he displays is exhausting! He makes sure each student in his class is paying attention and grasps the concepts that are being taught. He is truly a lifelong learner, as well as a creative and caring teacher. Congratulations to Pottstown Middle Schools fifth and sixth grade teacher of the year Mr. Aaron Torrance!
Pottstown Middle School 7⁄8
The Pottstown Middle School seventh and eighth grade is proud to recognize the great works that this teacher accomplishes every day in his classroom! Visiting his class is often a sensory experience. Students learn about different cultures by completing hands-on projects, discussing ideas with peers, watch- ing videos from around the world, and preparing for assessments in partners and groups. His classroom is child centered and he develops of the types of relationships that motivate students to achieve at their highest level. He takes on student success as his personal mission! He is a consistent figure in the hallways, offering encouragement and support to students. This modest and quiet man was surprised to be nominated by his peers, but no one was surprised when he was selected as this year’s 7th & 8th Grade Pottstown Middle School teacher of the year, Mr. John Martin.
Pottstown High School
The teacher of the year for Pottstown High School is also a PHS alumnus, and has been teaching at his Alma Matre for the past 18 years. He has been involved in sports and co-curricular activities, coaching both boys tennis and golf through the years. He currently helps students in the learning center after school as they study, complete homework, and prepare for their classes. Providing science instruction almost exclusively to ninth graders, this teacher has been a leader in the development of the Freshman Academy and has helped other teachers as the Federation representative for the professional staff. Most recently, he was the coach advisor to the advanced placement student field trip to Costa Rica and is starting to plan for another field trip next year. While he would not describe himself as a building leader, he is always advocating for students. The 2014-2015 Pottstown high school teacher of the year is Mr. Scott Braunsberg!
Christine Fiorillo, Karen Seeman, Tina Ludy, Board President Judyth Zahora, Mary Ellen Lammey, Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Sparagana, John Martin, Aaron Torrance, and Scott Braunsburg.