Golden Ram Awards pre­sented

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LIM­ER­ICK » An el­e­men­tary school nurse, el­e­men­tary teacher and a high school prin­ci­pal were the re­cip­i­ents of the the Spring-ford School Dis­trict’s third an­nual Golden Ram Awards.

The win­ners are: Laura McNeil Mur­phy (Evans El­e­men­tary School Nurse); Shawn Rior­dan (Lim­er­ick and Spring City Ram QUEST Teacher) and Pa­trick Nu­gent (Spring-ford Area Se­nior High School Prin­ci­pal).

The win­ners were an­nounced at the dis­trict’s an­nual con­vo­ca­tion on Aug. 22.

The Golden Ram Award iden­ti­fies and rec­og­nizes Spring-Ford staff mem­bers’ out­stand­ing per­for­mance and com­mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion.

Golden Ram Award re­cip­i­ents demon­strate an at­ti­tude of ex­cel­lence, team­work and went “above and be­yond” the ex­pec­ta­tions of their job du­ties.

All staff mem­bers who were full-time or part­time em­ploy­ees, with one or more years of ser­vice, were el­i­gi­ble to be nom­i­nated by a co-worker, su­per­vi­sor or some­one from an­other depart­ment.

Shawn Rior­dan

The awards com­mit­tee wrote the fol­low­ing about Rior­dan:

When you walk into Shawn Rior­dan’s class­room, you can feel the pos­i­tive en­ergy flow­ing. Shawn is a pa­tient, car­ing in­di­vid­ual who gives his un­di­vided at­ten­tion to all of his stu­dents. He starts with a deep un­der­stand­ing of his sub­ject mat­ter and pairs it with knowl­edge of his stu­dents’ needs in or­der to pro­vide en­gag­ing lessons.

It is ob­vi­ous the stu­dents love Ram QUEST. All you need to do is look at their faces when they are en­ter­ing or leav­ing his class­room. Al­ways putting the best in­ter­est of the child first, Shawn will go out of his way to help a stu­dent be suc­cess­ful, whether it is in the class­room, on the play­ground, or at lunch.

Shawn’s kind­ness ex­tends to ev­ery­one well be­yond the class­room. When he is on door duty, stu­dents are greeted ev­ery morn­ing with a warm ‘Hello! How are you this morn­ing? Have a great day!’

Staff mem­bers are af­fected, as well. Whether on duty, in a meet­ing, or dur­ing one of his tech­nol­ogy lessons, Shawn is sure to be re­spect­ful of his co­work­ers time, while in­cor­po­rat­ing a lit­tle fun! Shawn’s work ethic doesn’t quit, he can of­ten be found at school well past the end of the school day as he re­views his lessons.

He takes time to re­flect on his work and is al­ways striv­ing to im­prove. He looks for new and ef­fec­tive strate­gies and col­lab­o­rates with reg­u­lar ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers in hopes of reach­ing ev­ery stu­dent in his class.

Shawn un­der­stands that he is a teacher ALL of the time. He mod­els re­spect and kind­ness at work, in the com­mu­nity and in his per­sonal life. His stu­dents know that he val­ues ed­u­ca­tion, as well as kind­ness and in­tegrity, be­cause he mod­els these val­ues ev­ery sin­gle day. Shawn Rior­dan has a joy­ful and kind spirit, and we are lucky to have him at Spring-Ford.”

Laura McNeil Mur­phy

The awards com­mit­tee wrote the fol­low­ing about Mur­phy:

Laura McNeil Mur­phy has no off but­ton. She multi-tasks in her of­fice ev­ery­day, hap­pily field­ing phone calls from other nurses and par­ents, tak­ing care of Evans El­e­men­tary School stu­dents and staff, and work­ing hard as the Health Ser­vices Co­or­di­na­tor for the el­e­men­tary level.

Laura is a Cer­ti­fied School Nurse, as well as a Cer­ti­fied Grief Coun­selor, and is cur­rently work­ing on her Mas­ter’s De­gree in Ed­u­ca­tion, with a spe­cialty in Safe Schools.

Laura has spent count­less hours or­ga­niz­ing var­i­ous school col­lec­tions and events dur­ing her time at Evans. Laura works to sup­port many ini­tia­tives like the Evans Walk­ing Club, Evans Well­ness Wed­nes­day, the Couch to 5K pro­gram, and Sole Sis­ters, a walk and talk pro­gram to pro­mote self-es­teem, sel­f­re­spect, and re­siliency with 4th grade girls.

She also or­ga­nizes an an­nual coat drive, blood drive, walk-a-thon, and the dis­trict wide weight loss chal­lenge held each year in Jan­uary.

Out­side of school Laura can be found cro­chet­ing baby blan­kets and caps which she do­nates to the Pottstown Hos­pi­tal Ob­stet­rics Clinic or to the A Day With Chase foun­da­tion. Her blan­kets are used to com­fort the par­ents of still­born ba­bies, and her caps have been worn by dozens of pre­emies as they strug­gle to stay warm.

Laura does all of this with­out any fan­fare. She qui­etly goes along with her day and man­ages to be a great school nurse, mother, wife, and friend. She is very hum­ble and ap­pre­cia­tive of all life has to of­fer.”

Dr. Pa­trick Nu­gent

The awards com­mit­tee wrote the fol­low­ing about Nu­gent:

As the high school prin­ci­pal, Dr. Nu­gent serves oth­ers with ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion. He has de­voted his ca­reer to the school dis­trict and con­tin­ues to do so with in­tegrity and loy­alty. Dr. Nu­gent has worked to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment of col­lab­o­ra­tion and team­work through in­ter­nal struc­tures and norms within the high school staff. His sense of per­sonal and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity is ev­i­dent through his con­sis­tent ap­proach to his job.

Dr. Nu­gent has ded­i­cated his en­tire pro­fes­sional life to Spring-Ford, the high school and com­mu­nity it­self. Through his pas­sion, ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment he has been at the fore­front of es­tab­lish­ing Spring-Ford Area High School as a na­tion­ally ranked and high per­form­ing school.

He has been in­stru­men­tal in the growth of a num­ber of pro­grams at the high school. As a re­sult, the suc­cess that our stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence is a pos­i­tive re­flec­tion upon the en­tire school com­mu­nity.

Dr. Nu­gent helped re-cre­ate Home­com­ing and en­hanced the schools AP of­fer­ings to more than 20 in a short pe­riod of time. School spirit is at an all time high, as is the schools con­sis­tent aca­demic achieve­ment. The time and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with his job have cost him per­sonal sac­ri­fice all which he makes to en­hance our school. When chal­lenges arise, or when he see’s an op­por­tu­nity to en­hance Spring-Ford, he does so with­out hes­i­ta­tion.

When you think of com­mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion, team­work, go­ing above and be­yond it is clear that Dr. Nu­gent ex­cels in all of those char­ac­ter­is­tics.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Shawn Rior­dan is the Lim­er­ick and Spring City Ram QUEST Teacher

Laura McNeil Mur­phy is the school nurse at Evans El­e­men­tary School.

Spring-Ford Area Se­nior High School Prin­ci­pal Pa­trick Nu­gent

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