Methacton Award of ExcellenceFor the significant contribution they make to the district in supporting their colleagues, our students and their families, as well as our entire community, Superintendent Dr. David Zerbe presents the Methacton Award of Excellence to six valued members of our staff per month - 3 members of our support staff, and 3 members of our teaching staff. The individuals you see pictured below have made significant contributions to our school community! Please join us in thanking and honoring them for their work here in the Methacton School District. Methacton PRIDE!
May 2021 - Aramark and First Student
Vera Uhrich - Arrowhead Cafeteria Manager
Vera Uhrich has been with Aramark and Methacton for well over a decade, and as a long-time employee, deserves recognition for her continuous hard work and effort. When Aramark and the food services team first came back to a virtual school setting in September 2020, Vera was instrumental in helping to get the district curbside distribution program off the ground. As the cafeteria manager at Arrowhead Elementary, she used that extensive food service experience and her lifetime leadership experience to work with staff through all of the “pivot” points that occurred. From menu alterations and student diet accommodations to staffing challenges and early days with late nights, Vera is a one-of-a-kind employee, manager, and best of all, leader.
Tina Cusamano - Woodland Cafeteria Manager
Tina Cusamano is Aramark’s cafeteria manager at Woodland Elementary School. Her work ethic and organization are second to none. With a year full of changes, Tina can be counted on to take the reigns and get the job done. Most notable was keeping all of the curbside distribution packing neat and organized, no easy task! From the beginning of this year where her responsibilities changed weekly, and sometimes daily, she has always managed to put her full force into whatever she is working on. She is a great asset and one that has a bright future with Methacton & Aramark.
Maria Szam - Food Service Worker
Maria has been a long-time Aramark employee, and before that with Methacton itself. Her positive demeanor, pleasant attitude, and consistent work ethic are some of her most valuable qualities. Maria’s role includes running our breakfast cart programs at Skyview & Arcola, prepping alongside her co-workers during the day, and running a cash register during lunch. She is an outstanding employee, and despite a pandemic situation throughout the school year that created numerous changes, manages to not only to complete her own tasks, but also assist wherever it’s needed in the cafeterias. A truly excellent teammate!
James Prendergrast - Bus Driver
Through a difficult and unpredictable year, Jim has shown to be a tremendous driver for First Student. His knowledge of the area and willingness to jump on different routes any day of the week has helped us tremendously when transporting the students of Methacton School District. Jim has not missed a day of work this year and was always willing to help out when we were short-handed.
Steve Arnawoodian - Driver Trainer & Bus Driver
Steve has been with First Student since 2014. His calm demeanor, friendliness, and experience make him a perfect fit to be a school bus driver. Additionally, Steve works as trainer with First Student. He works one-on-one with new driver candidates, helping prepare them for their CDL and life behind the wheel of a yellow school bus full of children.
Art Dorri - AM Dispatcher
Art is the AM dispatcher here with First Student, but his role extends far beyond that. In a very tough year where staffing has been a challenge, Art always finds a way to get the children to and from school safely. When Art is not dispatching, he is out on the road. His strong work ethic and flexibility has made him a great asset to First Student.
April 2021 - Eagleville Elementary School
Michelle Petko - Office Assistant/Attendance Secretary
Michelle Petko is the Office Assistant and Attendance Secretary at Eagleville. Michelle is such an important part of our office staff at Eagleville and she wears many hats throughout the course of each day. Michelle regularly communicates with parents, our school nurse, and teachers daily, and is a true student advocate. Her other responsibilities include breakfast duty, lunch duty, recess duty, and numerous other office clerical duties. With all these things on her plate, she still brings positivity and energy to the job every day.
Melissa Goffer-Bayler - Personal Care Assistant
Melissa Goffer-Bayler is an exceptional personal care assistant. She provides academic and social support for her assigned student, but more importantly, she is invested in providing the tools needed for the student to be successful. Eagleville's princial regularly receive praise from the student’s parent and our staff about Melissa and the wonderful work she is doing each and every day.
Jane Holmes - 4th Grade Teacher
Jane Holmes is a caring and hardworking 4th grade teacher. She is also a leader and true advocate for her students. Jane builds connections with her students and takes the time to get to know their interests. Jane is always up for joining a committee or pitching in to improve Eagleville. Her genuine love of our school and community makes Jane Holmes such an important piece of the Eagleville family.
Nicole Kraus - Art Teacher
Nicole Kraus brings passion, knowledge, and history to her art classes at Eagleville. Nicole teaches the history of famous artists, and the children are fascinated to learn the different styles each artist brings to their art. Every time the principal visits her classroom, he is greeted by children that are immersed in their current projects and excited to have him see their work. Nicole also brightens the corridors of Eagleville with student artwork, and works closely with teachers in order to coordinate projects that coincide with their curriculum. After school Art Club is another contribution Nicole makes here at Eagleville, which is a very popular offering for our older students.
Melanie Cotter - Reading Department Aide
Melanie Cotter is one of our outstanding Reading Department Aides. Melanie possesses the ability to immediately connect with our students which, in turn, leads to incredible academic gains. Our reading specialists and teachers lean heavily on Melanie since they know she has a toolbox of resources and skills to provide academic support for our students. The students enjoy Melanie’s positivity and upbeat style of support.
Charane Juckniewitz - Kindergarten Teacher
If you were to look up kindergarten teacher in the Webster dictionary, most likely you would find a picture of Charane Juckniewitz. Charane embodies all the qualities that make up kindergarten including: kindness, sharing, curiosity, energy, and the love of learning. Charane’s students are truly lucky to have her leading them as they begin their educational journey. The true measure of a teacher may be the smiles that greet them every morning. Dr. Harmer says, with confidence, that the smiles of Mrs. J’s students light up at Eagleville each and every day.
March 2021 - Woodland Elementary School
Bert Hogstrom - Fourth Grade Teacher
Bert Hogstrom is a 4th Grade teacher at Woodland Elementary School. He is an advocate for his students and has taken on different leadership roles at Woodland. Bert is respected by both staff and students. Mr. Hogstrom creates a classroom environment where students feel both supported and challenged . Bert works well with all staff and is a role model of patience and resilience. Woodland is lucky to have Mr. Hogstrom.
Lauren Mackay - Third Grade Teacher
Lauren Mackay is a third grade teacher at Woodland. She is dependable, caring, and supportive. Lauren has a passion for teaching. Her favorite thing to teach is writing and her students thrive through her writing workshops. Mrs. Mackay has a talent for connecting to her students and families. She is kind, nurturing, and knows how to motivate each student to do the best job possible. Lauren is well respected within the Woodland community.
Kassie Williams - Woodland Art Teacher
Kassie Williams is the art teacher at Woodland. She brings art to life with child-centered and motivating lessons. As you walk down the halls of Woodland, you can see amazing student art work. Ms. Williams teaches art’s essential elements of color, shape, form, value, and space through motivating, interactive units. Every child in Woodland benefits from having Ms. Williams as an art teacher.
Wendy Raquet - Reading Aide
Wendy Raquet has had several positions at Woodland and is currently the reading assistant. She supports students at every grade level giving them the confidence they need to succeed in reading. Wendy is flexible and willing to help in any way possible. The staff at Woodland has come to rely on Wendy as their “Go-to Girl” because she can wear so many hats. Wendy will go out of her way to help any member of the Woodland community.
Katie Shireman - Recess Aide
Katie Shireman is the recess aide at Woodland. Due to Covid-19, the role of the recess aide has been quite different this year. When recess isn’t an option, Katie helps in a variety of ways. She has been a proctor, an office assistant, instructional aide, and anything else Woodland needs. Because she’s certified, Katie can even sub for our teachers if needed. Mrs. Shireman is dedicated, hard working, and flexible. She does a great job no matter what role she is in. We are fortunate to have Katie as part of the Woodland team.
Robin Sheard - Instructional Assistant
Robin Sheard is an instructional assistant at Woodland. Robin works mainly in the Emotional Support room but is willing to do anything to help the Woodland community. She is dependable, reliable, and conscientious. Mrs. Sheard is nurturing and kind. She has a gentle way of getting students to do their best work. Robin is a great example of someone who has a heart of gold. Robin is a valuable member of our Woodland community.
February 2021 - Arrowhead Elementary School
Pam Kennedy - 1st Grade Teacher
Pam is a 1st Grade Teacher at Arrowhead. She is a leader among her colleagues. Pam is also organized, kind, caring, and extremely dedicated to our students. We have always been so impressed with how she engages her students during lessons -whether it is singing a rhyming song, telling a funny class joke, dancing for the kids or just saying her catch phrase, “Oh my!” Pam is a natural teacher and this evident from the appreciation our students, staff, and community show her.
Sue Basalik - Music Teacher
Sue Basalik is an instrumental music teacher for students at Arrowhead and Skyview. As a leader in the music department, Sue is incredibly dedicated to her students. She always brings enthusiasm and creativity in her lessons and brings out the best in students during their performances. Sue is a true asset to Arrowhead, Skyview and the district.
Katie Young - 4th Grade Teacher
Katie Young is a 4th Grade Teacher at Arrowhead. She possesses a calm and nurturing demeanor in her interactions with her students. Katie is always one to try new ideas and strategies in the classroom to help evolve her craft as a teacher and engage her students. She is a quiet leader and is respected and admired by her students and peers.
Sandy Civitello - Personal Care Assistant
Sandy Civitello is a personal care assistant at Arrowhead. Sandy has shown her creativity and innovation skills during the pandemic as she transformed her home space into a classroom to help support students. Sandy displays a kind and caring personality and she always brings a smile and a positive attitude into the building. It has been wonderful to watch Sandy help our students and grow as an educator.
Irene Dobbs - English Language Development (ELD) Instructional Assistant
Irene Dobbs is an English Language Development (ELD) Instructional Assistant at Arrowhead. Irene is always willing to assist students and staff whenever necessary. She displays a team-first attitude. It is evident in her work with our students that she is focused on educating the whole child. Irene is an outstanding educator and we are fortunate to have her on the Arrowhead team.
Adriana Rundle - Office Assistant
Adriana Rundle is an Office Assistant at Arrowhead. Adriana is extremely hard working and very detail oriented. She is a quick learner and problem solver who can always be found helping a student, staff member or family with anything they need. Adriana brings a fresh perspective and creative ideas that benefit Arrowhead everyday.
January 2021 - Methacton High School
Matt Ryan - English Teacher
Matt Ryan is an English teacher at the high school. He is a silent leader who does everything in his power to facilitate the success of our students and staff. He is approachable and students want to be their best version of themselves, for him. Matt’s selfless dedication is demonstrated on a daily basis. He is an amazing asset to our high school.
Tracy Murray - Special Education Teacher
Tracy Murray is a special education teacher at the high school. She is dependable, caring, and selfless. Tracy is always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needs it. She forges relationships with students, families and colleagues that show her dedication to their wellbeing goes well beyond the classroom.
AJ Maida - US Government Teacher
AJ Maida teaches senior students about the United States Government and its many functions. He brings our political system alive with a totally engaging personality that fosters vibrant discussion each day. AJ has a huge heart and leads by example. He organizes complete Thanksgiving holiday dinner donations from our staff. This year, 8 Methacton families benefited from his commitment to our District’s children.
Charlene Prutzer - Instructional Aide
Charlene Prutzer has been with Methacton School District for 14 years and works at the high school as an Instructional Aide. She is meticulous with her data keeping and helps every single teacher and instructional assistant in the building. This year, she has led the data monitoring and collection for the special education department. She continually goes above and beyond for the students, staff and building.
Steve Martin - Custodian
Steve is a custodian at Methacton High school. Not only is Steve always willing to help when needed, but is also proactive in anticipating requests that may arise. He has worked during a variety of High School events and seeks to make sure things are done correctly and safely. Steve is friendly and easy to work with as a colleague. We are fortunate to have Steve as part of the Methacton High School team.
Karen O'Neil - Secretary to the 9th/10th House Principal & Activites Director
Ms. Karen O’Neil has been a valuable member of the Activities and House Principal’s Office. She provides support to our students, staff, and families and has contributed to a seamless transition from the Counseling department. Ms. O’Neil is eager to lend a helping hand when the need arises and approaches any challenge with a positive outlook.
December 2020 - Worcester
Michelle Scandle - 2nd Grade Teacher
Michelle Scandle is a staff member who has demonstrated amazing flexibility and commitment since the start of the new school year. Over the past few months, Michelle has taken an active role as the newest member of our second grade team. Her new grade level colleagues have expressed their appreciation for Michelle’s contributions. Numerous families have also reached out to share their positive experiences. Michelle - thank you for being another one of our best 2020 unexpected gifts!
Will Robinson - Custodian
Will Robinson is a custodian at Worcester and truly kind heart. He demonstrates genuine care for our learning community and is always willing to lend a hand. Thank you, Mr. Will, for caring about our teachers, staff, and students! We’re grateful for you being part of our team!
Natalie Perez - Music Teacher
Natalie Perez returned to her role as vocal music teacher at Worcester in January 2020. She quickly built rapport with both students and staff, establishing herself as an integral member of our Worcester Team. Natalie’s flexibility and commitment to delivering the same quality lessons regardless of the instructional space are so much appreciated! Thank you, Natalie!
Kim Shade - Custodian
Kim Shade is a graduate of Methacton. She has served as head custodian at Worcester Elementary School for more than eight years. She assists with maintaining our facility, supports our teachers and families with exchanging student materials, and has learned to embrace her inner Ghostbuster! Thank you, Kim, for making Worcester a safe and secure place for our students to learn and grow!
Liz Santucci - Challenge Teacher/Gifted Support Specialist
Challenge teacher, Liz Santucci, is an amazing support for both students and staff! Liz has tapped her technological skills, assisting her colleagues in preparation for their delivery of instruction to both hybrid and virtual students. Liz is appreciated for her kindness and commitment to helping others. Her support brings a sense of comfort to the Worcester School community.
Kelly Rubendall - Custodian
Kelly Rubendall serves as one of Worcester’s evening custodians. No matter the task or project, she takes initiative to make sure the job gets done well. Kelly is appreciated for always being willing to lend a hand. Thank you, Kelly!
November 2020 - Skyview
Jen Bodek - Instructional Assistant
Jen serves as an instructional assistant on the 6th grade Astronomers team at Skyview. In this role she helps students in classes both in small groups and individually. Jen is always willing to go the extra mile for students – and has diligently worked with individual students as they have learned to participate in virtual instruction. Jen in known for her willingness to help throughout the Skyview learning community. She is a great collaborator and team player.
Andrea Toaso - Instructional Assistant
Andrea Toaso serves Skyview as an instructional assistant on the 6th grade Celestials team. In this role she helps students in classes both in small groups and individually. Andi thrives on communication and building relationships with students and colleagues. She encourages students to be themselves, learn from each other and to demonstrate kindness every day.
Quinton Swift - Custodian
Quinton serves as a custodian at Skyview. He is a fixture in our cafeteria and around the building. He helps to ensure that the building is ready for students, teachers and staff every day. No matter what is going on during the day, Quinton can always be counted on to be responsive. We all appreciate his quick responses and how he takes care of everything around Skyview.
Scott Engle - 6th Grade Teacher
Scott is the Science teacher on Team USA at Skyview. He is known for his high-energy, engaging lessons, his stellar communication with families and students and the positive relationships he forms with his students. As a colleague, Scott is a collaborator. He works both with his teammates and department colleagues to provide an outstanding learning experience for Skyview students.
Linda Unangst - 5th Grade Teacher
Linda serves Skyview as a 5th grade ELA and Social Studies teacher on the Mountaineers team. She is known for her upbeat, positive personality and the amazing classroom environment she creates for her students. A collaborative colleague, Linda works with the Social Studies department to develop engaging projects for students. During her classes there is a steady stream of discussion and questions – and she is skilled at drawing out students to participate.
Peg Bonder - Instructional Support Teacher
Peg has served the district in a variety of roles from 5th grade teacher to staff development. Her talents currently benefit Skyview students as she serves the building as Instructional Support Teacher. In this role, Peg works with individual students and their families to help students improve and succeed academically. Through a process that utilizes data analysis and goal setting. She tailors her strategies, approach and instruction to meet individual student needs. Throughout virtual schooling, Peg has mentored students and families with the education process. Peg is instrumental as a member of Skyview’s core data team and she collaborates with colleagues on a daily basis. Not only is she a significant support for students, but for teachers as well.
October 2020 - Arcola
Ms. Wendy McKenzie - Library Media Specialist
A superstar located in the hub of Arcola! Ms. McKenzie provides joy as she brings resources, books, support and assistance to students and staff. She played a key role last spring by working with all teachers on how to engage and instruct during a difficult time and this year continues as a coach. She works diligently to help our teachers be outstanding in the virtual world.
Mrs. Elizabeth Motley - Grade 8 Reading Teacher /News Journal
When it comes to leadership and student connections, Mrs. Motley is a game changer! Her strengths are certainly in the English Language Arts world however she contributes much more to our school. She works very hard to collaborate with all stakeholders and always puts students first. Her background in technology adds dimension to her skill set and no matter what the task for our building she is willing to be a voice. She demonstrates compassion, kindness and dedication each and every day!
Mr. Jeff Miller - Special Education Teacher
Mr. Miller has a full heart when it comes to students. He cares deeply for their educational, social and emotional well-being and he works tirelessly to be certain that they have every opportunity to be included at Arcola. He works to collaborate with every teacher, parent and administrator and advocates for all students all the time. He has served on many staff committees and enters each day with a positive attitude and smile that speaks volumes to his kindness.
Mr. Edward Lenters - Custodian
Mr. Lenters always takes tremendous pride in his work. He goes above and beyond to greet everyone with a friendly smile and a hello. His caring and kindness are an asset and a strength! Arcola is grateful for all that he does to ensure an impeccable environment!
Mrs. Donna Knarr - Attendance Secretary
Mrs. Knarr is the friendly voice on the attendance calls and finds the best way to assist and support our families and students. She is creative in her thinking and helps our office run smoothly! A kind voice, patience and a smile go a long way and Mrs. Knarr has all of those qualities.
Mrs. Kathy Sicilia - Secretary
Mrs. Sicilia is our newest addition to the Arcola office team and we are lucky to have her! She is talented and provides knowledge and support to all staff. She has patience, kindness and compassion that truly puts our students, staff and families at ease.
September 2020 - Farina/Facilities
George Bernstiel - Maintenance Mechanic
George was hired March 1989 and became a full time maintenance mechanic in January 1990.
He is very talented, possesses a strong knowledge of district facilities, and is always willing to help out.
George takes on many projects that would otherwise be contracted out -- saving budgeted dollars to be utilized for other improvements.
Those who meet or work with George always comment on his outgoing personality and his willingness to fix and resolve any issue.
Eileen Brown - Secretary to the Director of Technology
Eileen Brown is an essential member of the Technology Office.
From her willingness to jump in and help with small and large tasks -- to her diligence with her “normal” tasks -- Eileen has continued to be an anchor of the department.
As things have swiftly changed and the typical duties are compounded with new procedures, Eileen has stepped up and faced each one with tenacity.
Although the new school year has brought new challenges, Eileen has been instrumental in helping the department overcome them.
Noreen DiPrinzio - Secretary to the Director of Facilities
Noreen joined the district in 2008 as a Recess Aide at Worcester and then became an Office Assistant at Woodland Elementary.
In April 2015 she moved in to the position of Construction Secretary for the HS Fields project. In 2016, she became the Secretary to the Facilities Director.
Noreen has always gone above and beyond to execute her duties – which includes coordinating many activities between all the schools, finance, HR and outside contractors – and supporting the assistant and facilities director.
Noreen has exemplary organizational skills, a positive disposition, and is an integral part of the Facilities team.
Cheryl Dungee - Payroll Specialist
Cheryl is the consummate professional and a very valuable member of the Business Office.
As the Payroll Specialist, she handles payroll changes, processing, and questions while ensuring that information is provided to the correct individual.
Cheryl has taken on various other functions as they arose through the COVID-19 pandemic and she has been able to handle them all with grace and positivity.
Liz Yantosh - HR Specialist
As our Human Resource Specialist, Liz focuses on employee resources from the start of their employment until retirement.
Liz is kind, respectful, hard-working, and extremely intelligent.
Her knowledge of state law and programs along with contractual matters have been a tremendous asset to the HR department.
Liz is also the gentle voice that an employee calls to walk them through some of the most challenging times of their life.
She continually excels through her research and communications related to the programs and options we can offer our employees.
John Zedar - High School Custodian
John was hired as a Casual on Call in August 1995 and joined the team as a full-time Custodian at the High School in October 1998.
With over 20 years of experience with the school district, John is very outgoing and he is always praised for a job well done.
John needs little direction when given a task and he always committed to putting his best foot forward.
May - Farina/Aramark/First Student/Facilities
Sheila Davis - Accounts Payable Specialist (Farina)
Sheila Davis is an integral part of the Business Office team. Sheila has always been someone who you can count on to get the job done. She works diligently to process Purchase Orders and ensures that all payments are done correctly. This includes not only working with the requestors, but also the vendors. Even as we all deal with the challenges associated with the pandemic, nothing has slowed Sheila down. Whether working virtually or in the office, she displays a high level of commitment to her duties and to her colleagues.
Chris Kleinguenther - Coordinator of Technology (Farina)
Chris Kleinguenther has positively impacted our district’s technology infrastructure behind the scenes and is invisible to most of the people who count on his work day after day. A consummate professional, he works tirelessly to improve our data, our processes, and our procedures in pushing to greater efficiency and systemic accountability. He is a work horse and demonstrates not just a knowledge of the systems, but a relentless attitude in the pursuit of knowledge for himself and others to better troubleshoot and problem solve.
Patricia Newell - Food Services Administrative Clerk
Since we’ve welcomed a new Food Service Director this school year, Patricia Newell has been instrumental in helping onboard and acclimate a new face into the district with welcome arms. Her main responsibilities include but are not limited to: payroll, invoicing, catering reconciliations, meal tracking, CBA contracts, and helping wherever and whenever she is needed. Of special note, her connections with the staff that she has made over the last 8 years have truly made a difference and greatly impact the day-to-day operations. Those exceptional connections she's made go a long way towards making others feel welcome and supported in any location.
Stacey Sholly - First Student Dispatcher
Stacey Sholly is a seasoned Dispatcher in the Transportation office. She is the definition of “grace under fire”. Stacey handles the stressful changes in dispatch, that happen at a moment’s notice, with safety in mind. She is willing to gain education in new areas of the transportation industry. She always has a positive attitude, which lightens the stress in the office. She handles our customer’s questions with a caring and compassionate attitude. These are just some of the attributes Stacey brings to assist in the transportation of the Methacton community.
Ruth Walker - Head Custodian at Woodland
Ruth Walker has been a dedicated employee of Methacton School District since 1994, beginning as a Casual on Call for the District. In 2009, Ruth transitioned to the Facilities Department. Her hard work and dedication has proven her a vital part of our team and has now lead Ruth to take on the roll as Head Custodian at Woodland Elementary. Her leadership skills and her pride in doing the best for the school community makes her an exemplary member of the Methacton School District Team.
Gary Horn - Grounds/Utility Foreman
After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Gary Horn became a member of the Methacton School District Team in 2002. Through the many years working on the grounds crew, Gary managed to obtain his pesticide license, which lead him to take on the role as Grounds/Utility Foreman for the Methacton School District. His attention to detail, work ethic, and support to those around him makes Gary a vital leader for the grounds crew and the District.
April - Eagleville Elementary School
Michele Vitelli - Secretary to the Principal
Over the course of my first year at Eagleville, Michele Vitelli has proved to be an invaluable resource for me to tap into on a daily basis. While Michele is also new to her position as Secretary to the Principal, she continually amazes me with her passion and energy that she puts into the job. On a regular basis Michele has the information ready, many time before I even ask for it. She presents all that enter the Eagleville office with a warm smile and friendly greeting. Teachers, parents, our Home and School, and students know Michele will be there for them on a moment’s notice to support and provide assistance. What strikes me special about Michele is her connection to the students. Michele knows them all by name, and she is able to relate to the students on a personal level. We are thankful for the commitment to excellence that Michele brings to Eagleville each and every day. Michele Vitelli is the face of Eagleville for all that come into our office, and I thank her for her commitment to the Eagleville and Methacton community.
Leslie Vernacchio - Aramark Head of Eagleville Kitchen
Leslie Vernacchio not only runs the kitchen at Eagleville Elementary, in many ways she is the heart of the school also. Leslie makes sure the kitchen is humming every day with efficiency and preparedness. The day starts with breakfast for many of our Eagleville students, and Leslie is there every day with a warm smile and greeting making sure the students head off to class with a full belly. As soon as breakfast wraps up it is on to preparing lunch for all the students. Leslie makes an effort to develop relationships with the students, and you can tell by the way they react to her they know she is in their corner. From warm donuts in the morning to hot lunches later that day, Leslie is always there for the Eagleville students.
Gail Brown - 2nd Grade Teacher
Gail Brown welcomes her students to her classroom with a smile. Her classroom exudes warmth, safety, and a love of learning. When you walk in at any time to Gail’s classroom, you will see children engaged, happy, and excited about school. Gail is comfortable taking risks such as integrating new and exciting technology into her daily lessons. Gail is respected by the teachers, students, and community, and she is involved in so many ways with our Eagleville community. Not only does she present interesting and engaging instruction during the school day, she also heads up the after school Environmental Club at Eagleville. The Environmental club under Gail’s direction is responsible for such great additions to the school like the outside classroom and butterfly garden. Gail is not only a great educator, she is also a respected and trusted role model for our students.
Bill Moser - Physical Education Teacher
Mr. Moser or Coach Moser is a Methacton alumni and well known for his wrestling exploits while attending Methacton High School. To the students of Eagleville he also goes by Coach Moser or Mr. Moser, but he is more importantly their Physical Education teacher and a source of weekly exercise and fun. Bill Moser not only believes in physical fitness and education, he also ensures the students believe in it too. Gym class at Eagleville is filled with fun games, coaching, and collaboration. Mr. Moser teaches the students the skills that are important to learn when living a healthy lifestyle, but more importantly many of these skills can also be used in their classrooms and at home. When visiting the gym at Eagleville you will be greeted with activity, laughter, music, and perhaps an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Mr. Moser also coaches wrestling at the middle school and runs the after school sports club at Eagleville. We are fortunate that he came back to the Methacton community to pursue an educational and coaching career.
Kristen Evans - Playground Aide
Kristen Evans is a fixture at Eagleville and someone the children can trust when they interact with her each day. Kristen is much more than a playground aide, she is the ambassador of fun for our students. While she ensures the children play in a fun and safe manner at recess, she also runs the indoor recess cart, helps out in the cafeteria assisting students, and always makes herself available for the office staff as an extra set of hands. Kristen makes it a point to know the students personally so they feel she is always there when they need help. Kristen bringing in bouncy balls and sidewalk chalk for the students are just two examples of her generosity towards the students. Kristen will always be the ambassador of fun at Eagleville, and we are thankful for her positive attitude and energy which she brings to school every day.
Deborah Wittenberg - Third Grade Teacher
Deb Wittenberg loves to teach and it is evident that she brings the love of learning to the students in her classroom. Deb builds connections with her students very quickly, and the rapport and trust they show towards her is truly remarkable. It seems that if you walk by her classroom at any point of the day there is an experiment, read aloud, technology lesson, or some other interesting topic being covered. What you are guaranteed to see is Deb Wittenberg interacting with her students to spark their interest in learning. Not only is Deb an exceptional teacher, she is also a teacher leader at Eagleville. The staff trust her advice including the principal! If there is one shining example of what Deb Wittenberg is about, it would have to be the fact that she truly cares for her students and their lives beyond the walls of Eagleville. The students know this and that is why they feel respected and cared for in Mrs. Wittenberg’s classroom.
March - Woodland Elementary School
Dawn Hess - Learning Support Teacher (image above - far left)
During the summer of 2019, Woodland 4th grade teachers started exploring the idea of including learning support students in the regular education classroom during core instructional times. From the earliest conversations, Mrs. Hess was motivated to succeed. Being the 4th grade Learning Support teacher, Dawn knew she needed to empower all learners. This meant not only focusing on student learners, but also acknowledging herself and other teachers as learners. She provided guidance, support, and ideas that created an environment where all the teachers in fourth grade could trust in their team approach. Successful change is difficult when people are given the impression that what they have done for years is wrong. Mrs. Hess knew she needed to honor the rituals, practices, and heritage of the past. Her goal was to take successful past activities and approaches to learning and tweak them to include all students. Appreciating diversity became the common theme when the team planned together. Mrs. Hess helped teachers uncover a multitude of diverse learning styles in order to develop the richest lessons for all students. This commitment to growth was immediately evident. From the first day of school, I could see Mrs. Hess’s ideas starting to transform the future of Woodland practices. Mrs. Hess’s leadership opened the door to new opportunities for Woodland students and teachers. This year, Mrs. Hess, along with the entire fourth grade team nurtured the talents of every learner, student and teacher alike.
Andrea Engler - Music Teacher (image above - far right)
Mrs. Engler is Woodland’s music teacher whose “growth mindset” is embedded in everything she does. She views success, not as making it to the finish line, but rather the completion of the small steps along the way. This philosophy helps every Woodland learner stay motivated to succeed. One of the most difficult tasks for some students is performing in front of others. Mrs. Engler empowers all her learners with the confidence needed to do their best. Whether it’s singing in front of their class, or performing on stage during the winter or spring concerts, Woodland students are eager to take risks because of Mrs. Engler. As a crucial member of the elementary music department, Mrs. Engler trusted in her team to incorporate Move It, which is putting motions to music, into the entire elementary music curriculum. Mrs. Engler honors musical heritage by exposing students to influential composers who may have overcome significant obstacles. She uses composers as role models for students to promote the idea of continuous growth, even through adversity. As illustrated by her selection of certain musical pieces and her development of ethnic dances with the students, Mrs. Engler respects and appreciates diversity and is committed to the growth of every student. Music can transform the future, not strictly by the creation of it, but also by the positive character traits it develops as students are exposed to teachers like Mrs. Engler. Andrea’s work on the “third grade informance” and all of the concerts/performances that happen throughout the year at Woodland, has opened new opportunities for Woodland families. Mrs. Engler nurtures the talents of every Woodland student, teacher, staff member and, yes, even the principal.
Darlene Balaguer-Piernock - Third Grade Teacher
Mrs. Balaguer-Piernock is a pioneer in the forward movement of Methacton teachers. As a third grade teacher, she is motivated to see everyone (students and teachers) succeed. For decades, Mrs. BP has empowered all learners by providing training to teachers in topics including STEM, Mindfulness, Class DoJo, Nearpod, and technology usage. Mrs. BP embraces the “Power of We” as she strives to bring teachers together to share ideas and continually collaborate. This trust in teamwork has made her a leader throughout the district and a valuable voice in the development of science curriculum. As a teaching veteran and a graduate of Methacton, Mrs. BP honors Methacton heritage and traditions. She has seen a lot of change, but stays true to the fact that students’ needs come first. In the last two years, Mrs. BP has appreciated the diversity at Woodland by helping lead the teachers into more inclusionary practices. Her commitment to see every student grow is exemplified by her creative approach to teaching and learning. It is my belief that with teacher leaders like Mrs. BP, we can transform the future of Methacton. She is a forward thinker who promotes creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking (the 4 C’s) at the elementary level. Mrs. BP knows that these 21rst century skills will help students open the door to new opportunities when they enter the real world; so she embeds them in everything she does. Mrs. Darlene Balaguer-Piernock nurtures the talents of students and teachers at Woodland Elementary School.
Paula Bauer - Instructional Assistant
Imagine walking into a room where nobody speaks your language. It would be scary. Mrs. Paula Bauer is the instructional assistant for English Language Learners and for her students, this fear is real. Mrs. Bauer helps break the language barrier and motivates all students to succeed. Mrs. Bauer focuses on the importance of creating a sense of belonging which empowers all learners. Circulating throughout different grade levels, Mrs. Bauer promotes the sense of trust in teamwork as she strives to assist teachers in every aspect of instruction. One way that Mrs. Bauer creates that strong sense of belonging is by honoring the heritage of her students. She asks questions and takes a true interest in their customs and traditions. Being part of a community involves respecting and appreciating diversity. Mrs. Bauer finds books, activities, and lessons about her students’ culture by encouraging them to share with other students. Mrs. Bauer is committed to watching her students grow in the English language, as well as, socially and emotionally. Mrs. Bauer helps to transform the future for our English Language Learners because she makes them feel capable and connected to our Woodland community. By establishing positive relationships, Mrs. Bauer shuts the door of fear and opens the door to new opportunities. When you care about students the way Mrs. Bauer does, you nurture students’ talents and allow them to become amazing contributors to our communities.
Christina Haas - Instructional Assistant
In the most nurturing way possible, Mrs. Christina Haas motivates students to succeed. As the 4th grade Learning Support Instructional Assistant, Mrs. Haas has been a crucial part of the inclusion process. Her “you can do it” attitude empowers even the most reluctant learner. Every member of the fourth grade team trusts her ability to work with any team member. Having had two children graduate from Methacton, Mrs. Haas has a deep respect for district traditions and honors the Methacton heritage that has been part of her family for so long. Mrs. Haas jumps from class to class, teacher to teacher, and always seems to enjoy and appreciate the diversity of her roles. Whether she is working one-on-one with a student, reviewing with a small group, or supporting with a behavior issue; -Mrs. Haas is committed to the growth of every student she works with. I see Mrs. Haas walk the same student out to the bus every day. The compassion and love that Christina shows this student will transform the future of this child. Mrs. Haas’s hard work with students has opened them up to new opportunities that they not have had otherwise. If every adult could nurture the talents of children like Mrs. Haas does, the world would be one amazing place.
Robin Faulkner - Secretary to the Principal
For eight months, I have seen Mrs. Robin Faulkner motivated to succeed. She has been in the district for over two decades and last summer started a new role as Woodland’s Secretary to the Principal. Mrs. Faulkner knew she needed to learn the intricacies of Woodland, so she empowered herself to gain all the skills necessary for the office run smoothly. This was Mrs. Faulkner first time working in Woodland and almost immediately, she gained the trust of our entire team. She has always been a part of the Methacton community. Her sons graduated from Methacton and she worked at Arrowhead as an office assistant. Mrs. Faulkner honors the Methacton heritage by illustrating a superior work ethic and desire to excel. As she serves our families, she appreciates the diversity that Woodland has to offer. Her commitment to growth in the effectiveness and efficiency of the Woodland office, allows her to tackle any new situation with confidence. I believe that our new secretary will help us transform the future of Woodland as we continually strive to create the most welcoming and family friendly environment. When Mrs. Faulkner agreed to leave the comfort of Arrowhead, she opened the door to new opportunities, experiences, and friendships at Woodland. As always, Mrs. Faulkner and the entire office staff are crucial in helping create an environment that nurtures the talents of every Woodland community member.
February - Arrowhead Elementary School
Heidi Parente - Office Assistant
Mrs. Parente exemplifies what Arrowhead stands for in her "team first" approach. She is student-centered, caring, and fun. She helps with our Watch D.O.G. Program with photos, a schedule, and a building tour. She is always willing to lend a helping hand to students, teachers, or staff. Her work ethic is outstanding. Thank you for everything you do for Arrowhead students, school and our community. Tremendous work Mrs. P!
Audrey Zelli - Instructional Assistant
Mrs. Zelli serves Arrowhead students as an instructional assistant within our K-2 learning support classroom. Mrs. Zelli demonstrates a positive attitude with students and staff. She always has a smile on her face. Her pleasant and calm demeanor add to the climate and culture of Arrowhead School. She is the ultimate team player and Arrowhead is fortunate to have Mrs. Zelli on staff. Outstanding performance Mrs. Zelli!
Tracey Jones - Instructional Assistant
Mrs. Jones serves Arrowhead students as an instructional assistant in our grade 3 and 4 learning support classroom. She is positive and models cooperation. In addition, she displays patience and perseverance in her work interactions. She works diligently to establish a positive and encouraging rapport with our students. Thank you for all of your hard work throughout this school year!
Betty Grabfelder – 3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Grabfelder is a 3rd teacher at Arrowhead Elementary School. I am proud to have her on our staff. She has a wonderful sense of humor. Betty has a wonderful laugh but more notably she is deeply committed to educating the whole child. She has taught not only her students but her colleagues the power of building positive and nurturing relationships with students and families. She is loved by her students, the faculty, and the Arrowhead Community. Thank you Betty for everything you do to make Arrowhead such a wonderful learning environment.
Debbie Smith – Physical Education Teacher
Ms. Smith is a physical education teacher at Arrowhead Elementary School. She has provided our students with so many wonderful and worthwhile physical education opportunities. Ms. Smith has been instrumental in establishing our recess running club. She engaged our students in our annual Jump Rope for Hearts Campaign and field days. Debbie has taught us the power of mindfulness and how to stay healthy and fit. She is committed to educating students and staff to become healthy and fit. Thank you for all that you do at Arrowhead Debbie! Well done!
Michele Sinnott - Music Teacher
Mrs. Sinnott leads the Arrowhead music program with passion and care. This passion and care has translated the Arrowhead chorus into record numbers this year. Mrs. Sinnott’s energy and passion for teaching students music is outstanding. Students are proud to show their musical talents and this is a direct result of Mrs. Sinnott’s vision and encouragement toward students. She has been instrumental in leading our chime choir and students love this club. She also coordinated our annual family folk night, where we had a record community attendance. Lastly, our students performed various musical performances in the during music in our schools month, which occurred in March. Mrs. Sinnott is an excellent role model, leader, and teacher for Arrowhead students and community. Sing like no one is listening!
January - Methacton High School
Bill Clark - Technology Education Teacher
Mr. Clark began at Methacton High School in 2000 and is completing his 20th year with our district. He started his career as an English teacher and has since moved into teaching MHS television production courses, which include the morning Warrior News announcements, broadcasting and broadcast production. Additionally, Mr. Clark teaches several Photography courses. In the past, he has taught Journalism and run the student newspaper. Mr. Clark has a passion for what he does and is a master of his curriculum. He is able to share his expertise with both his students and his colleagues. Mr. Clark embodies the qualities of a superb teacher. He is caring, creative, student-centered, engaging and motivating. Beyond his work in the classroom, Mr. Clark is always willing to lend a hand and support both staff and students. Most days you will find Mr. Clark working late and arriving early while filming the many events that take place at MHS. Bill Clark is a gifted educator and mentor to the students of our school and an invaluable member of the Methacton family.
Bob Lenahan - Driver Education Teacher
Bob Lenahan has been a teacher at Methacton High School for nineteen years. Bob is one of the few teachers in Methacton High School who teaches the majority of students who attend here. As our Drivers Education instructor, Bob facilitates the development of life-saving mindsets and skills among young drivers. Bob is a student-centered teacher. He always has students’ welfare first in all his school duties such as parking permit management and parking lot supervision. Bob directs traffic at dismissal every day. This is a tremendous responsibility for the safe departure of hundreds of vehicles holding thousands of students and staff. Bob is so much more than a Methacton employee because he is 100% invested in the safety and development of our students. He is a dynamic instructor and a dedicated and caring professional who makes a difference in the lives of our students and staff every day.
Cheryl Peiffer - School Nurse
Cheryl Peiffer is an alumna of Methacton High School who has distinguished herself throughout her career with many contributions to her profession, and her community. She is a leader and advocates making a positive difference in the lives of the students in Methacton School District, her colleagues and the community in which she resides. During her nearly thirty years as a nurse in Methacton School District, Cheryl has also served as Department Coordinator of Nursing Services, a class sponsor for two high school classes through their four years of high school, coordinator of the Red Cross student and staff blood drives, Building Representative for Methacton Education Association (MEA), a member of the Methacton School District Work Place Safety Committee, and a member of the Act 48 Committee 2005-2018. Cheryl is also active in local, state and national organizations including serving as the President of the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners, Secretary of the Montgomery County School Nurse Association, the PA Director of National Association of School Nurses (NASN), and several officer positions with the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Additionally, Cheryl has volunteered her time as the Executive Director of the Youth Aid Panel and a member of the Board of Directors for the Lower Providence Community Ambulance. Cheryl is a distinguished leader of the Methacton community.
Lorraine Deegan - Administrative Assistant
Lorraine Deegan has served the Methacton School District for the last 8 years, during which time she has performed at an exemplary level as administrative assistant to Dr. Karey Kochenour and Mr. Dan Bontempo. Through the years, Lorraine has interacted with thousands of students under stress as they were called to the assistant principals’ office. She has always made students feel valued and respected. She has been kind and nurturing to them on their arrival. She has eased their stress levels with compassion for their issue. Lorraine is very well organized. She maintains all the necessary operational information for immediate retrieval and is a true leader in the office. Her knowledge base is outstanding. She assists with very technical operations such as scheduling of all teachers and students, as well as AP testing, which are two important tasks. It is a pleasure to work with Lorraine. She is a positive person who brings a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere to the administrative office. She is a truly outstanding and committed Methacton employee.
Julie Hunsberger - Instructional Assistant
Ms. Julie Hunsberger, in her 17th year as an instructional assistant here at Methacton, has a true passion for helping students find success inside the classroom. Her students find Ms. Hunsberger to be extremely helpful, caring and reliable. Julie’s long-time co-teacher described her in this way: “Having Ms. Hunsberger in the room is like having another certified teacher working one on one with the students. Ms. Hunsberger is dedicated, knowledgeable, and always has the students' best interests in mind.” Julie is a true professional and she is passionate about representing Methacton High School with the utmost dignity and honor.
Butch Langheim - Head Custodian
One of the most remarkable aspects of Methacton is the number of alumni who have come back to work and serve the students of our school districts in a wide variety of roles. Such is the case of Butch Langheim, a proud graduate of Methacton High School. Butch has served Methacton for nineteen years as a custodian in a multitude of buildings and most recently as head custodian at the High School, a job that mandates dedication well beyond the standard workday. Butch can be found here in the building on nights, weekends and even holidays, making sure that everything is working properly. It can truly be said that Butch leads by his example of service: service to the students and staff of Methacton High School as head custodian and service to the Methacton community as an officer in the Lower Providence Volunteer Fire Department. The best compliment that Butch can be given is to recognize him for the good man of exceptional character and the highest integrity for which he is known in the community. Butch is beloved by the entire Methacton community and his good work will be known for years to come.
December - Worcester Elementary School
Linda Sapp - Principal's Secretary
Linda Sapp is a graduate of Methacton. She has served as a secretary in the district for the past thirty years. During the summer of 1999, Linda worked to prepare for the reopening of Worcester in our new facility. According to Worcester Principal Brian Shaffer, Linda has been integral to his success, serving as both confidant and friend. Her institutional knowledge is limitless and her insight has proven invaluable!
Carrie Loughran - Office Assistant
Carrie Loughran serves as one of our Office Assistants. She has created multiple organizational charts to better manage change in dismissal requests as well as our RSVP procedure for our Fall Festival. Carrie is an integral member of our Dismissal Team, using Google Docs and the intercom system to dismiss students. She also uploads pictures and reminders to our television, improving our communication with families. Carrie recently created our “Golden Spoon Trophies,” which are proudly displayed on cafeteria tables during lunch. Carrie’s outgoing personality makes each day more enjoyable!
Mary Jo DeRosato - Office Assistant
Mary Jo DeRosato serves as one of our Office Assistants. She has been a great asset with the distribution of safety information, including our Emergency Packets, as well as the updated Bully Policy. Mary Jo also assists our Home and School Association and sponsors of various clubs with communicating essential information to our families. Her willingness to assist others without direction is appreciated. Mary Jo’s kindness shines through her actions and words!
Shannon Snyder - Counselor
Shannon Snyder has served as school counselor for Worcester since the building was reopened in Fall 1999. She offered her assistance and has led a committee to plan and facilitate the school's upcoming 20th Anniversary event, which is scheduled for December 2019. In addition, Shannon coordinated a presentation from NED. This assembly was presented at no cost to the school or district. Students enjoyed a powerful message from NED who reminded us to: Never give up. Encourage others. Do your best! After the assembly, Shannon facilitated a yo-you sale with the proceeds being used to “pay it forward” so another school could benefit from the wise words of NED.
Devan Thomas - Learning Support Teacher
Devan Thomas serves as one of our learning support teachers. During the first few days of school, Devan’s energy and leadership proved invaluable as our team collaborated to revamp our dismissal process. Devan quickly took the lead with organizing the students inside our lobby and with dismissing them to the bus loading area. Devan also volunteered to assist our Cub Scouts during our Veteran’s Day assembly. She stepped in without hesitation, guiding them with the presentation of colors and with leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Devan is a tremendous asset to our school community.
Jodi Lattanze - School Nurse
Jodi Lattanze who is known to our school community as Nurse Jodi has been a tremendous support since the start of the school year. She supports the health and wellbeing of our students as well as our staff. Nurse Jodi recently coordinated our first flu clinic, assisting sixty-seven students and twenty staff members with their annual flu shot. Nurse Jodi also supports student safety during admission and dismissal. Her ability to support multiple students simultaneously is impressive! Despite the busyness of her office, Nurse Jodi always maintains her composure, greeting each patient with a kind smile.
November - Skyview Upper Elementary School
Lori McCarthy - 6th Grade Math Teacher
Mrs. McCarthy is a 6th Grade Math teacher on Team USA at Skyview. She works diligently to meet student instructional needs and has created a classroom environment where students can work on new skills and where students know that it is okay to not understand something or be successful the first time because she will always be there to help. She collaborates with her colleagues – both on her team and within the math department. She cares about her students' well-being and demonstrates this in all she does in our school.
Kristen Brun - 5th Grade ELA & Social Studies Teacher
Mrs. Brun is a 5th Grade ELA and Social Studies teacher on the Stars team. She demonstrates care and patience with her students. Her caring nature supports students in extending their learning. She has created a classroom environment that supports collaboration. Her most recent peer collaboration project involved implementing the use of interactive reader’s notebooks in class. She continually seeks to plan for engaging instruction and is a valued collaborator among her colleagues.
Ben Greenover - Librarian
Mr. Greenover is transforming the Skyview Library into a collaborative space for students to engage in reading, learning valuable library and research skills and creating in the makerspace. Students enjoy being in the library and engaging in learning centers. Mr. Greenover has created a welcoming environment where both students and staff want to be. He models collaboration with his special area colleagues and we look forward to the collaborative projects between technology education and library in the coming year.
Toni Jones - 5th Grade Instructional Assistant
Mrs. Jones is an Instructional Assistant on the 5th grade Storm Chasers team. She is dedicated to helping students on the team. She is often complimented by families for the level of care she provides to students. She is a nurturer and works tirelessly to meet student needs.
Janet O'Connor - 6th Grade Instructional Assistant
Mrs. O’Connor is an Instructional Assistant on 6th Grade Team USA. Mrs. O’Connor works with students daily to help them with the routine of their school day and to help them to build positive academic habits. She demonstrates care in fulfilling all of her responsibilities and is a key member of Team USA.
October - Arcola Intermediate School
Eddie McCaffrey - General Music Teacher
Mr. Eddie McCaffrey has been in the district since 1999 as our general music teacher and choral coach. During our auditorium renovation, he took on a lead role in assisting and supporting the work that was being done. His strengths are his positive and supportive attitude, reliability and the ability to bring staff together reminding us all the reason we are here- to do what is best for kids.
Colleen Heidel-Butler - 8th Grade Instructional Assistant
Ms. Colleen Butler came to the district in 2016. She is an eighth-grade instructional assistant who truly loves working with children. She enters our building each day with a smile and is grateful for being able to help all students. Her kind, caring and compassionate manner are her strengths as she assists our students and staff daily.
Mary Williamson - 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher and Department Coordinator
started in the district in 2005 as our grade 8 social studies teacher. She is known and respected among colleagues as the kind, silent and strong leader in her department and team. She enters the building each day with a big smile and a very positive attitude. When asked how are you today, her response is always, “I’m doing great and it’s going to be a great day!” Students love being in her room and she can often be seen acting out her lessons as her passion is truly teaching students and making history come alive!
Nicholle Starson - 7th Grade Special Education Teacher and Department Coordinator
Ms. Nicholle Starson started in the district in 2013 and has had several positions in a few buildings. Currently, she serves as a seventh-grade special education teacher and department coordinator who goes above and beyond in her role for students and staff. She has taken on a tremendous job over the past two years as part of the building scheduling committee and has worked diligently on our warrior win period. Her courage and willingness to step up and take the lead on initiatives have been a major help to our school community. Her strengths are her creative, caring and dedicated approach to students, staff and families.
Sophie Noblit - Head Secretary
Mrs. Sophie Noblit has worked in the district since 2002. As the head secretary, often referred to as the “boss”, she demonstrates a strong work ethic and each day and helps everyone with anything they need. Her genuine, caring and helpful manner are her strengths and she goes above and beyond each day. She will tell you that she never thought the Middle School was for her but now she is at home and truly belongs at Arcola.
Mary Jo "Jojo" Golden - Head Custodian
Ms. Mary Jo Golden has served in the district for 25 years. As the head custodian, she is the one who ensures that Arcola shines bright each day! She sees to it that all jobs are accomplished and she takes tremendous pride in the building and how everything looks both inside and out. No job is too big or small and her line is simply, “consider it done”! Her strengths are her work ethic, care and attention to detail.
May - Farina Education Center/First Student/Aramark
Nina Smith, Central Registration Secretary
Nina Smith is the first person our parents meet when they are enrolling their children in our schools. She makes them feel welcome and provides families all of the necessary information they will need to begin this new chapter in their lives. Methacton School District is grateful for the expertise, administrative professionalism, and care Nina shows each day in keeping the registration office running smoothly.
Jack Shtofman – Maintenance Mechanic
Jack has been working for the Methacton School District for a little over 28 years now. No matter what day, time or conditions, Jack is always willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. The knowledge he possesses of the various school buildings and systems is unsurpassed. Over the years that Jack has worked for the district, he has become a very reliable go-to guy who’s kind-hearted and friendly nature, is part of what makes him a beloved member of the Facilities team.
Odell Dewalt, Custodian
Odell has been working for the Methacton School District since he started as a “Casual On-Call Custodian” in September of 2014. His hard work and dedication to his job earned him a full-time custodial position in December of 2016. Since accepting his full-time position, he has proven himself many times over to be a go-to employee. Odell is very reliable and always willing to go above and beyond to get the job done. His friendliness, kindness, and patience with all those he interacts with throughout his day, is part of what makes him a valued member of the Facilities team.
Vince Broughton – First Student AM Dispatch
Vince Broughton is recognized for his outstanding work ethic and all-around good nature. He is conscientious about his position as morning dispatch -- always going the extra mile to ensure all students get picked up on time. His attitude is upbeat and he is adaptable to any situation that comes his way. Customer service is always at the forefront of his mind.
Lisa Gambone – Food Service (Aramark)
Lisa Gambone has worked in the Methacton Food Service program since 2011. Lisa goes above and beyond every day to provide great customer service by engaging with our students and providing a warm and welcoming environment. Lisa wears many hats in the kitchen: she prepares the pizza for both Arcola and Skyview, is responsible for stocking the coolers daily, serves our students during lunch and assists our cooks with food prep and distribution. If a student has a special request or question about the menu, she is on it! Each day before lunch she puts together a beautifully arranged show plate to display the main entrée of the day, which helps our students decide on their meal. When you come through her serving line, it is evident she takes great pride in her work! She truly embodies our mission of delivering experiences that enrich and nourish lives.
April - Arrowhead Elementary School
Janet Aureden, Art Teacher
Mrs. Aureden’s work with students is amazing! She displays patience, creativity, and enthusiasm as she leads students through their lessons. It is evident through student art work that Mrs. Aureden provides students with instruction which helps them develop a love for the arts. Her students take pride in their art masterpieces. Walking down the Arrowhead hallways and seeing the various art projects adds so much life and culture. Mrs. Aureden was instrumental in working with the Arrowhead Home and School, as well as Ms. Jessica Liddell, in finishing up the remaining two sections of the Arrowhead Mosaic.
Barbara Goff, Principal’s Secretary
Mrs. Goff exemplifies an awesome work ethic, kindness, and care toward Arrowhead students, staff, and community. This year, we have students who stop in and visit with Mrs. Goff before school starts and at the end of the school day. She is the heart and soul of the building. We have shared the following message at Arrowhead. Students will not always remember what you taught them, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Mrs. Goff always goes out of her way to make everyone feel welcome at Arrowhead. She is true asset to Methacton School District and Arrowhead Elementary School.
March - Methacton High School
Tony Cardillo, Oceanography/Environmental Science Teacher
Tony is the longest serving teacher at Methacton High School. He has mentored and guided students as a teacher and a coach for more than three decades. As a teacher of oceanography and environmental science, Tony helps students to see the hands-on, real-world relevance of science in their lives. As a coach, Tony has endeavored to guide MHS students to success on the playing field. As a true mentor, Tony has taught students how to take the skills that they learn in the classroom and on the playing and translate those skills into success in life beyond high school. Tony is a beloved and invaluable member of the Methacton High School family.
Josie Matty, Administrative Assistant
Josie has served for many years as an administrative assistant at Methacton High School. She currently works in the assistant principal’s office in the East Wing with a special focus on supporting the many activities and clubs at Methacton High School. Josie is a dedicated and caring member of the Methacton family who works tirelessly to meet the many and diverse needs of the people and organizations that rely on her office. She is a welcoming and caring presence in the East Wing Office and an invaluable member of the MHS staff.
February - Eagleville Elementary School
Laura Ponticello, Third Grade Teacher
Laura goes above and beyond to support students. She is open to working within our most challenging situations. She is often in early and stays late to support student. She is always willing to lend a hand whether it be with early dismissals or taking the lead on issues within her grade level. She also uses innovative teaching strategies to engage her students.
Rita Szczurek, Office Assistant
Rita has a vast understanding of the daily running of the school. She is friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to support the staff and students.
January - Skyview Upper Elementary School
Amy Eraydin, Reading Specialist
Amy has been a leader in the implementation of both Wonders (grade 5) and Collections (grade 6) resources for ELA. She promotes the spirit of collegiality among her peers as she assists in meeting staff needs and organizes professional development opportunities where Skyview staff learn and collaborate. Amy is an essential member of the Skyview core data team. She analyzes reading benchmark data and individual student progress, and she assists in determining direction for staff professional development and individual student supports. As an instructor, Amy works with small groups of students to improve their reading comprehension. She designs activities to engage students with reading and has created a learning environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and asking for help. Amy is highly regarded among her peers and enjoys positive interactions with students throughout the building.
Danielle Maser, Instructional Assistant
Danielle serves as an instructional assistant for grades 5 and 6 who works with students needing social and emotional support. She demonstrates a great deal of flexibility and routinely cooperates with the team to assess student needs and provides appropriate supports. Danielle has established connections with many students and they trust her to help them navigate their school day. The rapport she has with staff members and students alike has made her an integral part of our school community.
December - Arcola Intermediate School
Abby Hollenbeck, Gifted/Math Support Teacher
Ms. Hollenbeck is back! Having been a Math teacher at Arcola, she returns to Arcola after a short, but highly successful run as Math Support teacher at the elementary level. She is a true and natural leader. She works 110% on behalf of students and staff. Her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge are all assets that are fully embraced at Arcola. We are grateful to have her back as part of the Arcola family in support of students and staff at the middle level.
Caroline Deininger, Front Office Secretary
Ms. Deininger is the first person you see and meet when visiting Arcola. She never has a bad day and always finds a way to brighten up the lives of people around her. She always has a smile on and a friendly, courteous, and professional demeanor towards everyone. She helps our students, staff and guest on a daily basis.
November - Worcester Elementary School
Anita Massi, Instructional Assistant
Ms. Massi is a former Catholic School teacher who has chosen to continue working in education as an Instructional Assistant in the K, 1, and 2 Learning Support Classroom. Anita enriches our school with her calm, friendly disposition. She communicates with our students in the most loving and supportive ways. She is a champion for students making good choices. Anita is a beloved member of the staff joining in with spirit days and collegial support. She also bakes the best pound cake ever!
Sarah Wright, Emotional Support Teacher
Ms. Wright provides a calm and understanding spirit. Sarah has the unique ability to work with students and understands how to meet the needs of every child. Her empathy with parents is professional and personal. Sarah works with the whole child to make sure details of their life are organized. Sarah’s flexibility with her time allows her to support each student when needed. Sarah gives 110% for every child and staff member. She is a valuable member of our team making her a role model for students and staff.
October - Woodland Elementary School
Carrie Brower, First Grade Teacher
Mrs. Brower possesses all the attributes of an amazing educator. Her main priority: helping students grow. Mrs. Brower doesn’t stop with helping students grow academically. Each and every day, Mrs. Brower creates an environment where students grow emotionally, socially, and academically. Her classroom is warm, inviting, and child-centered. Educating the whole child is something that Mrs. Brower has down for over a decade at Woodland Elementary School. You can stop in at any time during the day to Mrs. Brower’s first grade class room and see children smiling from ear to ear. This is because Mrs. Brower raises students’ confidence, focuses on their strengths, and gives them a reason to try. Every student is made to feel unique, special and talented in Mrs. Brower’s room. Mrs. Brower is an amazing asset to the Methacton School District and exemplifies the definition of an outstanding educator.
Mary Chantry, Third Grade Instructional Aide
Mrs. Chantry has been a part of the Methacton community for decades. Her dedication, compassion, and strong work ethic make her a staple of the Woodland community. At the drop of a hat, Mrs. Chantry will rearrange her day to meet student’s needs. She goes above and beyond to help any staff member who needs it. Mrs. Chantry is always smiling and positive which adds to Woodland’s positive school culture. In fact, when someone is having a bad day, they know they can go see Mary and everything will be all right. Mrs. Chantry is respected by the entire staff and student body. People turn to her for advice on all issues and Mrs. Chantry is always willing to lend a hand; or an ear for that matter. We are comforted to know that Mrs. Chantry is in our corner at all times because she is a loyal, professional, and truly amazing part of our Woodland School.
June - Farina Education Center & Buildings and Grounds
Dianne Maylen – Information Services Specialist
Dianne Maylen is a critical member of the Data & PowerSchool team. She played a crucial role in transitioning to PowerSchool often working from home to meet deadlines. She continues to assist with the report card rollout, student registration & making sure we stay compliant with PIMS reporting. She is dependable, hard-working and a valuable asset to the team.
Pat Gavanus – Secretary to the Director of Pupil Services
This Award of Excellence is given to Pat Gavanus as a small token of appreciation for everything she does to support Methacton School District staff, students and families, the Pupil Services Department and its Director. Pat's is a dedicated employee who has a strong work ethic. She has extensive knowledge of the department's processes, procedures and timelines and does an excellent job adhering to these protocols and ensuring that everyone else follows them too. She knows how to appropriately handle confidential information and complex student-related matters. In addition, Pat is a multi-tasker who knows how to deal with the constant interruptions that occur in the Pupil Services office at least a 100 times a day. Pat is, without a doubt, a tremendous asset to the District and the department!
Brad Casagrande - Arcola Custodian
Brad Casagrande has been employed by Methacton School District since 2002, beginning his career as a bus driver. Brad was hired as a Custodian in 2010, working in the Arcola building. In his time here, he has performed well in multiple areas, serving on the second shift and working with Methacton staff, students as well as outside groups. These requested services have always been successfully completed and always with a smile. Brad always helps and can be counted on, no job has been too big or too small. Most recently, Brad passed the Pa Pesticide Applicator tests and now is able to help out the district even more through this cross training effort.
May - Methacton High School
Rhonda Asher - Secretary to the Principal
Mrs. Asher exemplifies dedication to Methacton School District. She has served for many years in multiple roles within the District. Ms. Asher's true sense of selflessness and dedication to duty are manifest in her propensity to work well before and beyond the standard work-day to meet the unique and diverse needs associated with the principal’s office. Rhonda Asher is a trusted leader at the High School and her grace under pressure and attention to detail make her an invaluable asset to the students and staff of Methacton High School.
Leah Millrood - Methacton High School Counselor
Ms. Milrood is a compassionate and dedicated school counselor. She serves as an advocate for her students and, whether she is assisting with the college search and application process or working to ensure the continued good mental and social health of her students, Ms. Milrood works diligently to ensure that her students are successful and that they receive the individualized attention they need. Over the past two school years, she has also assisted in a leadership capacity with the implementation and integration of the PowerSchool student information system. Leah Milrood is a valued member of the Methacton High School family.
April - Arcola Intermediate School
Sharon Branca - Seventh Grade Teacher
Ms. Branca has served is our district for 19 years. She has a passion for math and truly loves kids! You can find her creating fun ways for kids to learn in her classroom, coaching on the tennis courts, assisting with the science fair, chaperoning dances and mingling with the kids at lunch every day. She is one of the leaders for the Maine Exchange Program and rumor has it she has done a split on the dance floor! She too is a Philly fan!
Ben Horn - Arcola Custodian
Mr. Horn has served in our district for 17 years. He is always willing to assist others in any way he can. He is caring, kind and considerate. Mr. Horn is also a Philly fan and loves to cheer on his favorite sports teams such as the Eagles! This year he stepped-up and filled-in for our head custodian. He is a true team player and you can find him at Arcola each day with a smile.
March - Skyview Upper Elementary School
Jen Volpe - Fifth Grade Teacher
Ms. Volpe instructs 5th grade ELA and social studies. She consistently meets the needs of a diverse group of learners. She is a genuinely warm, caring teacher with a flair for teaching writing. Ms. Volpe engages students in cooperative learning and is a highly effective communicator with families.
Betsy McGarvey - Instructional Aide
Ms. McGarvey serves as an instructional aide. Her calm demeanor and caring nature help her to make connections with students and to help them through the student day. She focused on supporting students both academically, socially and emotionally. Ms. McGarvey also regularly assists with covering other classes.
February - Worcester Elementary School
Sue Fazio – Worcester Office Assistant
Sue is retiring as one of Worcester’s Office Assistants at the end of this year. She comes to school EVERY day with a positive attitude and smile! Sue’s connection with our students begins with the office and continues into lunch and recess. She supports students with requests to call home and missed bus or car pick-ups. Sue is the model office greeter making families feel welcome. Sue also shows off her culinary skills by treating the staff to rice krispies treats, gingerbread men, and her infamous pasta. Yes, she did make it to Bobby Flay’s cooking show – she’s that good!
Jen Slater – Worcester Reading Specialist
Jen is the most flexible, yet structured teacher we know at Worcester. As our building reading specialist, she leads the way for our benchmark testing throughout the year. She collaborates with classroom teachers to sort through data and enhance instructional strategies. Jen is never too busy to assist a colleague. She is also always willing to plan events to celebrate reading! Jen’s professionalism goes above and beyond each day at Worcester.
January - Woodland Elementary School
Noreen Fusco - Woodland Recess Aide
Noreen has been Woodland’s recess aide for years. Her primary goal is always keeping kids safe on the playground. She is conscientious, fair, and hard working. For four hours a day, Noreen walks around the Woodland property, whistle in hand, monitoring students during their free recess time. She is alert and pays attention to every student to make sure they are enjoying their free time in a safe way. If a child gets injured, she is quick to respond. You can hear Noreen over the radio communicating with the nurse, secretary, counselor, and principal. During indoor recess, Noreen can be found walking from room to room keeping the volume down while ensuring the students have safe, indoor fun. Noreen is respectful to both students and teachers and is a key member of the Woodland staff.
Rebecca Flaherty - Grade 3 Teacher
Mrs. Rebecca Flaherty is a third grade teacher at Woodland. Although Becca is an experienced educator, there are many “new” things that have happened to her this year. She has faced every challenge with grace and professionalism. First, Becca was an Audubon teacher and is now part of a whole new faculty at Woodland. This is the first year she is teaching third grade with a brand new ELA resource. Not one of Becca’s former teammates is on her current third grade team. Lastly, Becca welcomed a new baby to her family last spring. Becca has handled all the change and “newness” of this year with positivity and excitement. She has made a great connection with the teachers on her third grade team and has made an effort to get to know other teachers at Woodland. Becca shares her ideas but is still eager to learn from her teammates. You can always count on Becca to have a smile on her face and look at the bright side of any situation. She is loyal, conscientious, and dedicated to teaching children. Mrs. Flaherty is the definition of a TEAM player and is an asset to the Woodland staff.
December - First Student Transportation at Methacton & Aramark Food Services at Methacton
Carol Bickel – Aramark Food Services
Ms. Bickel makes a positive impact on the Arcola/Skyview community by enriching and nourishing the lives of our students each and every day. Since being promoted to head cook in September 2016, Carol has raised the bar for the food service program at Arcola/Skyview. Her attention to detail and focus on quality and freshness have resulted in increased student satisfaction and participation. Carol prepares over 500 meals a day and coordinates service for both schools, always with a smile on her face and willing to take on a new challenge. From batch cooking made-from-scratch chili for the elementary schools to preparing delicious pulled pork sandwiches and hearty chicken and rice soup, Carol plays a very important role in our efforts to increase our scratch cooked offerings. Her focus on delivering the best possible experience for our students and faculty makes her a true asset to the cafeteria program at Methacton School District.
Harry Williams – First Student Transportation Services
Mr. Williams has been a school bus driver for Methacton since graduating from Methacton 30 years ago. He continues to be an excellent driver for First Student so I was very excited when he applied for the Routing Assistant position within our office. Harry has proven to be a wonderful addition to our staff. He is always so friendly and courteous to parents, customers and co-workers. Harry is very dedicated and excited to learn everything he possibly can. What a joy it is to work side by side with him every day. His training, knowledge of the district, and hard work supporting this year's routing project has been nothing short of excellent. I look forward to seeing Harry succeed and move up within the company. He is a valued asset to our team.
November - Eagelville Elementary School
Annette Cramer – School Nurse
Mrs. Cramer is a supportive school nurse. She cares a lot about the Eagleville school community; students can count on her every day. She makes it her business to learn about the students and families in our school so that she can establish relationships with them that help her to serve them in the best possible way. She spearheads all of the giving programs that help families in need. She serves as Watchdog Dad program coordinator; and as a positive role model for our wellness program, Annette coordinates wellness outings and activities for staff. Mrs. Cramer is an asset to the Eagleville family and a staple in the Methacton community.
Jen Smith – Math Support Title I Instructional Aide
Even though Ms. Smith joined the Eagleville family just last year, she has had an impact on the students and staff. She assesses students for math needs and provides instructional support to them. Always professional and positive, Jen offers to help any student! She works closely with Cindy Golden to improve student achievement in math.
October - Arrowhead Elementary School
Professional Staff - Mary Beth Moyer
Mary Beth Moyer is the epitome of a natural teacher. On a daily basis she challenges her students to think, collaborate, and have fun. She incorporates a wide variety of instructional strategies to engage students in learning. Her use of technology in the classroom is exceptional. In addition, she provides students with a warm, caring, and nurturing environment. Mrs. Moyer is not only a strong student advocate but she exhibits the essence of a true team player. She always willing to help anyone in need! Thank you for all that you do for Arrowhead students, families, and staff!
Support Staff: Sandy Portzer
Ms. Portzer is a strong student advocate. The daily support and care she provides to Arrowhead students and faculty is a true inspiration. Sandy is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs assistance. She is conscientious, reliable, flexible, kind, and friendly. Our students love Mrs. Portzer! When you think of our district and school theme as TEAM (Together, Everyone Achieves, More), you think of Sandy Portzer because she is the ultimate team ultimate team player! Thank you Sandy!
2016-2017May - Arrowhead Elementary SchoolLinda Yedinak-Meyers - Instructional Support SpecialistMrs. Yedinak-Meyers assists Arrowhead students and staff members in immeasurable ways. She is very well organized and thorough. She is a systems thinker who possesses a tremendous work ethic. It is clear through her work ethic, research, and thoroughness that she wants all students and staff members to attain success within the Methacton School District. She is committed to achieving excellence in everything that she does. She is a true asset to Arrowhead students, staff, and community. Thank you for everything, Mrs. Yedinak-Myers!Sharon KushnerMrs. Kushner exemplifies the qualities of a true team player. Sharon is always willing to help Arrowhead students or staff when called upon. Her flexibility and positive attitude have profoundly helped Arrowhead students and staff. As a result of her team first work approach, Mrs. Kushner has provided instructional assistance to Arrowhead students in all grade levels. Further, she completes all of her work tasks with a positive attitude and smile! Thank you for everything you do for Arrowhead students, staff, and community. Way to go Mrs. Kushner!
April - Audubon Elementary School
Sophie Noblit – Secretary to the Principal
Ms. Noblit is just amazing! She is able to handle ANY issue that arises at Audubon! Her ability to overlap and work with parents makes all of our jobs easier! Sophie is willing to support any staff member professionally and personally. She gives and gives of herself to ensure our Audubon is organized, covered, and filled with love. Ms. Noblit’s professional manner connects our families with our school. If we talk about our Audubon Family, Ms. Noblit is definitely our matriarch.
Trish Rubendall – Office Assistant
Ms. Rubendall is the heart of our school. She always does whatever she can to support staff, students, and parents in our school. She gives us 100% every day to ensure the flow of our days is smooth. Ms. Rubendall goes above and beyond to complete projects and to work on improving her computer skills. She is dependable and professional in every way, every day. Of course, we love her best for her kindness, especially when she brings hot chocolate and soft pretzels to brighten our days!Xenia Zacharczuk – ELD Teacher
Ms. Zacharczuk juggles quite a schedule! Her work with all grade levels involves a great deal of communication. Always seeking new ways to utilize technology to support her students, she recently developed a GoogleDoc to support her efforts working with students. Ms. Zacharczuk advocates for students at all times. Her work extends beyond the classroom into her students’ homes. She works with families to complete paperwork, homework, and to help understand flyers sent home. Ms. Zacharczuk volunteers her support to all staff in order to help them support our understanding of ELD families. She exemplifies going above and beyond the job every day!
March - Arcola Intermediate School
Joy Galletta - Instructional Assistant
Mrs. Galletta is an instructional assistant in grades 7 and 8. She comes into work each day with a positive outlook, energy, attitude and smile. She is always willing to go the extra mile and is a true help is students and staff. She has creative ideas and looks for ways to improve things. She is a “joy” and asset to the building!Anne Yost - English Teacher
Mrs. Yost is an eighth grade English teacher. She has an energy and spark that engages students daily. She is also the co-sponsor of Arcola's student congress and works hard to bring activities and fun into Arcola! Her spirit and smile can be seen everywhere and her dedication to school spirit is truly a blessing!
February - Skyview Upper Elementary SchoolJanet Bowers – Secretary to the Principal
Janet is truly the “help kiosk” at Skyview. She is great with students, teachers and families. Her friendly demeanor helps to make the Skyview office a welcoming place. She handles all tasks efficiently and with good humor. She is truly an essential piece of Skyview.
Joan Munro – 6th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Munro is always at the top of her game when it comes to educating her students. She continually seeks out new strategies to help students learn, embraces technology and keeps a high level of energy and passion for teaching. Mrs. Munro is active in the Skyview community and beyond and supports her students in their activities both in and outside of school. She is a great colleague and is always willing to go the extra mile for the Skyview community.
January - Methacton High School
Jennifer Johnson - Methacton Home and School VisitorJen Johnson is among the district’s most invaluable resource to the district. As our home and school visitor, she is actively involved in supporting our students and families and staff. Jen not only works on addressing residency, attendance, mental health, and community supports, but also coordinates efforts for families in need. More importantly, while she wears many hats, she approaches all of these varied tasks with joy, and always with a smile!
Stephanie Pilman - Instructional Assistant
Stephanie has stepped up to help our students, actively adding more and more to the resources in the classrooms. She supports students in the recycling and food pantry “jobs,” and provides substitute teaching when high school teachers are out, allowing the instruction to continue without interruption. She has developed an excellent rapport with both students and staff and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure students' needs are met.
December - Eagleville Elementary School
Sue Michelson, Instructional AssistantSue Michelson has been with the district for many, many years. Sue is a ray of sunshine at Eagleville. She has such a positive influence on both the students and staff here at Eagleville. She is always enthusiastic, energetic and always ready to lend a helping hand. From covering for dismissals for the bus duty teacher to dressing up as the school mascot, Sue is ready to jump right in. We have seen the impact Sue has made and the relationships she has built with the staff and students! Sue has been with several Learning Support teachers throughout the years and has been a staple in maintaining the standards we have here at Methacton. We are truly blessed to have her in the Eagleville family.
Diane Begley - Reading Specialist
Diane Begley is the reading specialist and a staple here at Eagleville. Diane is to be commended for her efforts in supporting students with reading challenges. She is also the go-to for guidance around reading instruction and performance. Both students and teachers look to her for resources, testing and instruction! This year, she added teaching a new program System 44 to her repertoire. While it was a challenge and a learning curve, Diane jumped in and learned this new program that is helping fourth grade students improve their reading skills. Moreover, Diane is open to learning and improving her practices. She regularly seeks administrative input to ensure she is meeting the needs of the students. No matter what challenge or task is given, Diane is always willing to do it, and we know we can count on her to get the job done! Thanks for all you do, Diane!November - Woodland Elementary School
Linda Milligan, Autistic Support Instructional AssistantFlexible and caring are the two words that best describe Mrs. Linda Milligan. Whether she is supporting students in the classroom or assisting teachers with instructional tasks, Linda is always willing to help. Her professional yet nurturing ways motivate both students and teachers. Linda is a cornerstone of support that enables the success of many instructional programs. Students look forward to her smile, energy, and compassion. Mrs. Linda Milligan adds to the success of Woodland every day.
Lynda Bradley, Third Grade Teacher
Lynda Bradley a pillar of strength for Woodland and the families it serves. She is a leader in activities such as ERT, Math Club, and the Families in Need Program. Besides being an amazing third grade teacher, her roles at Woodland include Grade Level Leader, Math In Focus Support Coordinator, and Building Union Rep. Both teachers and students look to Lynda for advice and guidance. She is an expert at differentiating her support so everyone gets what they need. Lynda will do anything to help the Woodland community. We are proud and honored to have her as one of our “Wildcats.”
October - Worcester Elementary School
Sherri Adelman, Kindergarten Teacher
As a teacher of kindergarten, Mrs. Adelman has been responsible for providing the foundational skills of education to many hundreds of students in the Worcester community. Mrs. Adelman’s nurturing and dynamic approach to instruction has created an environment in which her students can learn and grow. Mrs. Adelman accepts and embraces the inherent challenges of teaching in a half day program with grace and professionalism, working diligently and selflessly to meet the unique and diverse needs of students in both her morning and afternoon sessions of kindergarten. The Worcester Elementary School family is pleased and proud to recognize Mrs. Sherri Adelman as a pillar of our community and a teacher who has made a positive impact on the lives of our children for generations to come.
Patricia Karsch, Instructional Assistant
As an instructional assistant in the special education program, Mrs. Patricia Karsch works tirelessly to meet the needs of the students entrusted to her care. Mrs. Karsch works collaboratively with all the teachers and is an especially essential support for students in the regular education environment. The flexibility and adaptability Mrs. Karsch demonstrates throughout the day are indicative of her superior work ethic and her impeccable professional character. Mrs. Karsch is an invaluable asset to the Worcester community.
September - Farina Education Center & Custodial OperationsGreg McCurdy – Grounds
Mr. McCurdy was recognized for constant effort with keeping facilities vehicles and equipment running. His knowledge and work ethic has helped with keeping services throughout the district moving along, and his personal pride in your work is obvious, and never taken for granted. The quality he attains is an essential part of the department’s success.Dan Lasorda – Maintenance
Mr. Lasorda was recognized for the dedication and work ethic he demonstrates day-to-day. His “whatever it takes attitude and willingness to help out wherever needed has made all the difference, especially when the unexpected occurs.Danielle Penza - Business Office SupervisorDanielle has gone above and beyond in her duties as business office supervisor during the time in which the district continued its search for a director of business services. With the support of her team in the business office, in addition to that of other Farina Education Center staff, Ms. Penza has been a critical partner to the superintendent in continuing the operation of the district’s office of business services. Dr. Zerbe thanked her for her amazing dedication and commitment to professionalism in everything she does for the students and staff in Methacton!Christine Panettieri - Farina CustodianSince beginning her duties at the Farina Education Center, many have remarked that Tina is a “breath of fresh air!” Her enthusiasm, attention to detail, and commitment to her work make her an example of excellence. We appreciate all that Tina does every day to make the working environment for those at the Farina Education Center better!
2015-2016April RecognitionSharon Evans - Worcester Instructional AssistantSharon Evans is a dedicated and selfless member of the Worcester staff. Sharon regularly exceeds the expectations of her job. She demonstrates flexibility and ingenuity in meeting the needs of the students and colleagues with whom she works. Sharon's effusive energy and perpetually positive nature permeate the school, though she seldom realizes the great extent of her positive impact due to her humble nature. Whether its assisting kindergarten students with Kidwriting, practicing vocabulary with first graders, or providing reinforcement for students during Team Time, Sharon Evans is an invaluable resource to the students and staff of Worcester Elementary and we are grateful to her for all her good work.Deborah Cherry - Worcester LibrarianDeborah Cherry is a tremendous asset to the entire Worcester Elementary community. Deb works tirelessly to provide a superior library sciences instructional experience for her students. She incorporates innovative technology into her lessons and students are inspired to explore and create in her classroom. This year, Deb worked with volunteers from the Worcester Home and School to hold a first annual Cardboard Challenge for students and families. She then continued this creative endeavor by hosting Maker Mondays during recess. Together with Home and School volunteers, Deb provides an opportunity for students to engage in hands on projects and creative activities. Additionally this school year, Deb started an after school Technology Club. We are grateful to Deb for giving selflessly of her time and talents.
March RecognitionMary Mandia - Eagleville Building Secretary
Mary is …. Mary. She is our building secretary, interior designer, Pinterest advocate, and private baker. There is no job that Mary cannot do! Mary’s friendliness and attention to detail offers us the most efficient Main Office anyone could ask for in a workplace! Mary’s heart gives of herself to every student, family, and co-worker every day. She takes every idea to another level! Her dedication to our school promotes teamwork. She offers her ideas, knowledge, and support to her colleagues on everything from kindergarten registration to hallway bulletin boards. Mary loves creating with repurposed items to create displays for any theme. Most recently, she kept the building together in my absence while attending to her own job responsibilities. Mary is the essence of our Eagleville School.Miranda Coghlan - Eagleville Music Teacher
Miranda brings enthusiasm and passion to her work every day! Miranda’s outreach to our families have increased our chorus participation throughout the year. She awards our students with special awards during family meetings and awards whole classes with the Super Listener Award each week. Miranda’s use of motivating pointers and the SMART Board in her classroom motivates students to do their best!
She combines classroom management strategies with best instructional practices to teach students to excel in music. She is more than happy to lend a hand to her colleagues when students need incentives in their homeroom. Miranda is used as special reward for students who love music! We are very fortunate to have Miranda in our family!
February RecognitionTerry Robinson - Woodland CustodianTerry Robinson is an evening custodian who has been substituting as head custodian for the past several weeks. Even before his transition to day work, Terry has excelled in every capacity of his job. His has gone above and beyond in set-up/break down for events, ensuring building safety and security, cleaning building, overseeing cafeteria during lunches, snow removal, exterminating pests, providing technological support, etc.
He epitomizes professionalism and customer service. Not only does he address any concerns that are brought to his attention, but he also follows up with staff and takes the initial to complete any project that comes his way. He is highly skilled in all facets of his job and goes out of his way to meet the needs of the students and staff (including building objects, fixing broken structures, etc. throughout the building). Always gracious and polite, Terry treats everyone with respect and deserves the highest commendation for the work he does at Woodland and across the District. He is truly an asset to Woodland!Jennifer Malloy - Woodland Health and Physical Education TeacherJen Malloy is a full-time physical education and health teacher at Woodland. She also wears several other hats at Woodland. She oversees the safety patrol as well as buses; she addresses most bus issues and empowers students to develop leadership skills and citizenship. Jen also chairs intramural sports for students and facilitates Family Gym Night events several times each year.
With a focus on health and wellness, Miss Malloy encourages a healthy lifestyle while raising funds for our school through her efforts with Jump Rope For Heart and walkathon fundraisers. Moreover, she is helping students make healthier food selections with her action research project. On top of teaching a large caseload, Jen also oversees our Emergency Response Team and exhibits strong leadership skills. She deserves the highest commendation for the work she does for the Woodland community. She is truly an asset to our school!
January RecognitionDawn Montare - Audubon Librarian
Ms. Montare has been with the Methacton School District since 1989. She began her career here as a classroom teacher before moving into the role of High School Librarian. She joined the Audubon Faculty as our Librarian in 2008 and has been sharing her love of reading with staff and students ever since. Mrs. Montare has brought us visiting authors, assemblies, and wonderful book fairs. Additionally, she has volunteered her time to coach Methacton’s fourth grade students for Reading Olympics. In addition to her love of books, Mrs. Montare has shared her enthusiasm for technology with our students. Under her direction, students have created online book reviews and book talks. Students from kindergarten through fourth grade have practiced coding using apps and robots. The library has been reinvented thanks to Mrs. Montare.Chris Collison - Audubon Recess AidChris Collison has been our recess aide at Audubon since 2010. Each day she faithfully monitors and entertains our students out at recess regardless of the weather. Mrs. Collison is always on the lookout for new ideas for recess. She has made and purchased many items for the students to use from bean bags to sidewalk chalk. Chris brings music for the students to listen and dance to when the weather cooperates. She loves to hear the students stories about their day. Her compassion for the students is evident in all that she does.
December RecognitionGeorge Pastino - Arrowhead Custodian
On a daily basis, Mr. Pastino goes above and beyond in making Arrowhead a beautiful and “clean” place to learn and work. Whenever Mr. Pastino is called upon to clean up a mess, fix a ceiling tile, put out the coyote decoy to chase away the geese, change a light bulb, fix a leak, etc… Mr. Pastino responds, “Okay, no problem.” The Arrowhead students and staff adore “Mr. George.” Mr. Pastino takes extreme pride in his work. He is a true team player. It is evident through his work ethic and demeanor, that Mr. Pastino cares about Arrowhead Elementary School, students, staff, and community. From my perspective, Arrowhead is extremely privileged to call “Mr. George” their head custodian. Thank you for everything, George!Jamie Friedman - Arrowhead Counselor
Mrs. Friedman goes above and beyond in addressing the academic, social, and emotional needs of Arrowhead students. She is always available and willing to help a student in need, whether it is helping a student come to school in the morning or just checking in to see how a student is feeling. Jamie shows genuine concern and care for all. In addition, she provides our students with exceptional lessons addressing socialization, diversity, digital citizenship, and emotional coping strategies. Further, Mrs. Friedman is a strong supporter and advocate of the Arrowhead Watch Dog Dad Program. She works collaboratively with the Arrowhead Home and School in scheduling Watch Dog visits. Lastly, she works collaboratively with Arrowhead teachers to schedule counselor lessons. She also creates our daily Watch Dog Dads Schedule. Arrowhead is extremely fortunate to call Mrs. Friedman their school counselor, or as Mrs. Friedman refers….”the feelings teacher.” Thank you for everything, Jamie!
November RecognitionBeth Hibbert - Skyview Grade 6 Instructional Assistant
Ms. Beth Hibbert is a dedicated member of the Skyview Upper Elementary School staff. She works with sixth grade Learning Support students on the Astronomers team – helping them in all major subject areas. She is flexible and works to meet the needs of individual students. Most of all, Ms. Hibbert is a team player – not only on her team, but school-wide as well. A certified teacher, Ms. Hibbert is often called upon to assist with covering other classes, and she is always willing and able to lend a hand in our school community. Join us in congratulating Ms. Hibbert!Nan Davis - Skyview Grade 5 English Language Arts TeacherMs. Nan Davis is a highly effective educator who regularly uses data to drive her instruction. She has been observed differentiating to meet student needs during ELA through small group work. She is one of our fiercest supporters of our math fact fluency initiative, using this data to help guide her instruction of students. Ms. Davis' efforts in both ELA and Math have had a clear impact on student achievement. She works diligently with all students and plans comprehensive lessons that meet their needs. She is a team player, and sets an excellent example for her students through her dedication to lifelong learning. Join us in congratulating Ms. Davis!
Mark Mueller - Arcola Intermediate School CounselorMary McGlincy - Arcola Intermediate School Instructional AssistantMark Mueller - Mr. Mueller is the faculty advisor the new for the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation Youth and Philanthropy program, and also leads the Arcola Connection club that serves the school and community through service projects as well as fundraise to help support needy families during the holidays and community service organizations. He hosts a boys’ lunch bunch every Wednesday in his office during which he teaches, mentors, and encourages the students. Mr. Mueller puts a great deal of extra time and effort into his work and recently helped to create the Arcola float for the Homecoming Parade!Mary McGlincy - Ms. McGlincy demonstrates a positive, selfless attitude no matter what she is tackling. She is a consummate professional, and the perfect example of a true team player, working extremely hard at all times in support of her students, her colleagues. and the entire Arcola school community.September RecognitionBruce Outland - Methacton High School TeacherMr. Outland, a MHS science teacher, was recently honored with the "Exemplary Science Teaching Award" in the high school division for Montgomery County given by the Montgomery County Science Teachers’ Association. Congratulations, Mr. Outland!Debbie Bennett - Secretary to the Assistant Principal for Athletics and ActivitiesAs a consummate professional, Mrs. Bennett assists MHS student athletes and coaches each and every day. She also displays the same commitment to excellence when representing the Methacton School District while assisting in the coordination of athletics with other school districts, transportation, officials, and families.