-Shippensburg University School Study Council Recognizes Outstanding Teachers-
Shippensburg University and the Shippensburg University School Study Council celebrated American Education Week Thursday, November 17, 2016 by recognizing forty-four outstanding teachers from school districts in South Central Pennsylvania. The honorees were selected for their outstanding service to their school communities based on their commitment to effective teaching, their dedication to their students, their commitment to ongoing professional development, as well as for utilizing innovative practices in the classroom and for serving in leadership roles in their schools.
Among those recognized were Christina Masser and Sharon Manning from the Halifax Area School District. Christina teaches kindergarten at Enders-Fisherville Elementary School. Her innovative use of technology provides opportunities for students to achieve at their highest levels. Sharon teaches 6th grade Reading and Language Arts at Halifax Middle School. Her leadership as President of the Halifax Education Association creates opportunities for administration and teachers to work together for the betterment of students. Both teachers were applauded for their student-centered approach to learning, willingness to take risks, and support of the district’s vision and mission.
Dr. Robert Ziegenfuss, Assistant Professor, College of Education, and Selection Committee member, emphasized that research clearly indicates that the most important factor in a student’s success is the quality and experience of the classroom teacher. There continues to be a critical need for teachers of the highest quality to assure that all students are educationally and economically competitive in a global economy, Ziegenfuss added. Two of Dr. Ziegenfuss’ students, Melissa Leader and Erin Morton shared the results of a survey which they had done about the qualities which their classmates identified as characteristic of great teaching.
Dr. Nellie Cyr, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services welcomed over 150 teachers and guests to the Recognition Luncheon held on the University Campus in Reisner Hall. Dr. Cyr congratulated the teachers on their selection and praised the administrators and staff for their ongoing support of effective teaching.
The annual event is sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council, a partnership between public school districts and the University, which supports school system leaders in improving the instructional experience.