Teach­ers of the Year awarded

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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.

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