Teachers-0429

NAME: John McLaughlin

SCHOOL: Interboro High School

SUBJECT: Physical Education and Health

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 14

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: To see how my subject and personality affects my students. Hearing their feedback (wishing they still had my course or what we did in class made them feel better in other classes).

NAME: Lindsay Montani

SCHOOL: Lynnewood Elementary School

SUBJECT: Life Skills Support

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 10

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: I get to see my impact on students. I get to fully develop each student’s learning potential by recognizing their strengths and needs, and I get to challenge students to become life-long learners and independents members of their school and community.

NAME: Michael Davis

SCHOOL: The County Alternative High School

SUBJECT: Health/Physical Education

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 30

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Having my students develop trust at what we do at TCAHS. Students who don’t like or participate in physical education start to participate and have fun in a class they didn’t enjoy. Seeing them exposed to an activity and having fun doing it.

NAME: Ted Harrison

SCHOOL: West Chester Rustin High School

SUBJECT: Technology and Engineering Education

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 11

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Being able to see students take an idea from in their head and be able to create it in the shop, or take a problem and solve it using the engineering design process.

NAME: Delaine M. Jones

SCHOOL: Walnut Street Elementary

SUBJECT: Second grade

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 20

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: When former students come back to see me and let me know how much of an impact I may have been in their life.

NAME: Michele Raucci

SCHOOL: Pennell Elementary

SUBJECT: Reading specialist

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 27

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Teaching and building relationships with students; staying involved/connected after they were students in my class (going to events they are involved in, sporting, plays, etc.)

NAME: Lynn-Marie Lines

SCHOOL: Bethel Springs Elementary

SUBJECT: Special Education

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 18

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Building trust among the students, parents, and staff so that as a team we can all learn and grow. I value the role of each member and the collaboration needed to make progress.

NAME: Deborah Young-Thomas

SCHOOL: Linwood Elementary

SUBJECT: Second grade

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 34

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: To see that lightbulb go on followed by a proud smile.

NAME: Brooke Wilkins

SCHOOL: Strath Haven Middle School

SUBJECT: Language Arts

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 5

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Watching middle school adolescents realize their power to shape their lives, their families, their friends, their communities, and the world. Watching their curiosity and unity develop over the school years is a joyful experience.

NAME: Brian Thompson

SCHOOL: Ridley High School

SUBJECT: Social Studies

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 30

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Getting the opportunity to work in a field and a profession that I truly enjoy, for it allows me the ability to teach and mentor in a creative fashion on a daily basis.

NAME: Karen Carty

SCHOOL: Springfield High School

SUBJECT: Special Education

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 34

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Seeing my students find success within their personal accomplishments; having them see that they can become independent and critical thinkers in their decision making processes.

NAME: Denise Farrelly

SCHOOL: St. Anastasia School

SUBJECT: First grade

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 22

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Getting to be a participant in each of my students’ learning journey. The academic, social/emotional, and spiritual growth that occurs in first grade is such a joy to watch. Being a part of this journey is a true blessing.

NAME: Steve Braun

SCHOOL: St. Dorothy’s

SUBJECT: Seventh/Eighth grade ELA/Social Studies

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 8

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: The fact that I get to bring joy and creativity to my students. I love to show the students that what they thought they hated or didn’t understand they learned to love or appreciate. I enjoy coming to my classroom every day and speaking with my students, laughing with them and learning with them.

NAME: Linda Larkin

SCHOOL: Garrettford Elementary

SUBJECT: Second grade

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 35

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Seeing a child’s growth from September to June; watching the children take what they have learned and apply it to real life – for example, being kind, helping others.

NAME: Cheryl McLauchlan

SCHOOL: The Episcopal Academy

SUBJECT: Mathematics/Form Dean

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 49

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Watching kids growth and change from the beginning of the year to the end. As a math teacher I often see kids try and memorize. I want them to learn how to think. It gives me great pleasure to watch that happen.

NAME: Dan Collins

SCHOOL: Paxon Hollow Middle School

SUBJECT: Life Skills

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 24

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Watching my students engaging with general education students in various activities throughout our school and community.

NAME: Amy Stilley

SCHOOL: Sharon Hill School

SUBJECT: Third grade

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 12

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: My greatest teaching satisfaction is when I can help students find success and guide them to develop a love of learning. I love working with students as they learn and discover new and exciting things that spark their curiosity.

NAME: Melissa Miller

SCHOOL: Glenwood Elementary School

SUBJECT: First grade

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 20

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: Teaching literacy to first graders is my passion. It is such a magical year of growth; especially in reading and writing. Getting to take part in the journey of non-readers and non-writers learning how to read and write is amazing. Watching kids who struggled to sound out words like “him” and “miss” in September read beginning chapter books fluently and with expression in June is so rewarding. In September, I am guiding children who are nervous to write a word, complete a simple sentence. By June these six and seven year olds are publishing stories with fifteen and twenty sentences in them. Each day in first grade is a new and exciting day and I love getting to spend my working hours motivating, encouraging and cheering on great students.

NAME: Melissa Krissinger

SCHOOL: Ithan Elementary School

SUBJECT: First Grade

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 22

GREATEST TEACHING SATISFACTION: I love seeing the amount of academic, social, and emotional growth that my students make over the course of the school year. By the end of First grade, they have all become wonderful readers, writers, and mathematicians and they feel such a sense of pride. They’ve also made new friends and have become so much more independent and confident. It is fun to watch their growth!

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