Hatboro-Horsham School District educators and support staff were honored for their dedication, innovation and commitment to education at an in-service day earlier this month.
At the event, the district announced the recipients of the Hatboro-Horsham’s Champion of Learning awards, as well as the individuals who received the Grand Champion of Learning medallion and the Dr. Gerald Strock Commitment to Education Award.
Jessica Welch, an elementary music teacher, was awarded the Grand Champion of Learning medallion. Diane Heitzenrater, a district instructional coach, received the Dr. Gerald Strock Commitment to Education Award.
Champion of Learning awards are presented annually to educators who meet a list of criteria that include creating a classroom climate that nurtures students; inspiring enthusiasm for learning; improving communication between students, parents, colleagues and administrators; and addressing both academic and non-academic needs.
Teachers receiving the award include: Kyle Milbrand, Blair Mill; Cathy Reed, Crooked Billet; Judy Johnson, Hallowell; Jessica Welch, Pennypack; Kelly Bozzomo, Simmons; Natalie Aloan, Simmons; Mindy Rubinlicht, Keith Valley; Jim Iaia, Keith Valley; Angelo Lafratta, Keith Valley; Joel Evans, Senior High; Milt Kunz, Senior High; and Chris Baker, Senior High.
Support staff also received Champion of Learning recognition. The support staff members who were selected demonstrated a thorough knowledge of all phases of their jobs, performed their duties at a high level, exhibited a positive attitude, worked cooperatively colleagues, parents and students, contributed to the programs and services of the district, responded to the needs of those they serve, and provided assistance above and beyond their job responsibilities.
Award winners include: Rosemarie Demarest, Blair Mill; Lisa Cannella, Crooked Billet; Terry Nungesser, Hallowell; Donna Davis, Pennypack; Kathyrn Holman, Simmons; Susan Salmon, Simmons; Michele Green, Keith Valley; Mary Ann Raymond, Keith Valley; Judy Baran, Keith Valley; Robyn Killeen, Senior High; Denise Hill, Senior High; Sylvia Quirk, Senior High; Sean O’Neill, Operations; Brian Lamb, Operations; Bud Peters, Transportation; Sandra Beck, Transportation; Cheryl Johnson, Food Services; Pat Mohar, Food Services; Eric Zygmont, Technology; Chelsea McMenamin, Childcare; Randee Feldman, Special Services; Lynda Baer, Central Office; and Cindy Pomerantz, Central Office.
Assistant Superintendent Monica J. Taylor congratulated all award recipients.
As she presented the Grand Champion of Learning medallion to Welch she said, “Jessica is well deserving of this recognition. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does for the children and school community.”
Welch teaches general music to students in grades K-5 at Crooked Billet, Pennypack, and Simmons elementary schools. In 2013-2014, Welch organized a ‘Third Grade Family Music Night,’ at two schools to familiarize families with techniques for playing the recorder to ensure that students were encouraged to practice the instrument at home. In addition to coordinating the music for the annual Crooked Billet Day program, Welch began planning for the Star Spangled Banner 200th Birthday Celebration scheduled for September.
“It is a pleasure to work with students and families to foster a love and appreciation of music. I am honored to have been recognized,” said Welch.
When Heitzenrater’s name was announced, Assistant Superintendent Taylor said, “Diane is an incredible educator, a consummate professional, a diligent and dedicated teacher, a dependable and trusting friend and an innovative educational leader.”
Heitzenrater has worked as an instructional coach for the past four years. Before that she taught technology for 10 years at Keith Valley Middle School. As a coach she works with professional staff supporting student learning, instructional delivery, curriculum development, and assessment alignment. She also facilitates professional learning opportunities and guides the implementation of best practices.
Heitzenrater’s special projects include a hybrid learning technology initiative and induction of new teachers. “I have always enjoyed examining new ideas and initiatives that promote success in education and I thank Hatboro-Horsham for supporting these efforts,” Heitzenrater said.
“We are proud to have such exemplary educators and staff members working in the district,” Superintendent Curtis Griffin emphasized.