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Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation honors 10 staffers for excellence

Posted 1/31/18

Ten Lower Dauphin staff members were honored by the LD Falcon Foundation on Saturday, Jan. 27, at its 10th annual gala.

The honorees were nominated by at least two school or community members and …

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Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation honors 10 staffers for excellence

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Ten Lower Dauphin staff members were honored by the LD Falcon Foundation on Saturday, Jan. 27, at its 10th annual gala.

The honorees were nominated by at least two school or community members and will receive a grant from the foundation of up to $200 for a classroom- or school-based project.

They are:

Shannon Bastian, Londonderry Elementary School, reading specialist

Bastian has been with the district for more than 21 years. She is being recognized for her work as a reading specialist and autism support team member.

Her colleagues describe her willingness to “go above and beyond every day to motivate and inspire her students. Shannon has such passion for all of the student populations that she works with and tirelessly helps support not only her students but her colleagues.”

Lauren Bruce, East Hanover Elementary School, school counselor

Bruce has been with the district for almost 11 years. She is being recognized for her work as a school counselor.

In her nomination, she was described for the “time and work that she does daily for the benefit of others in our building. She goes out of her way to support administration, teachers and students.”

Kellie Custer, Nye Elementary School, learning support teacher

Custer has been with the district for seven years. She is being recognized for her work as a special education teacher.

She was described by her nominators as being able to “articulate what students need and why they need it in a manner that inspires her colleagues, many of whom have years and years more experience than she does.”

Stacy Kreitzer, Lower Dauphin Middle School, technology integration coach

Kreitzer has been with the district since 2000. She is being recognized for her work as an instructional technology coach.

In her nomination, her colleagues praised her “energy and enthusiasm for student engagement through technology and helping to transform classrooms and instructional practices.”

Kristen MacKay, South Hanover Elementary School, third-grade teacher

MacKay has taught at South Hanover for 17 years. She is being recognized for her work at a third-grade teacher.

Her nominators praised the way she “motivates and challenges each student to be the best they can be in and out of the classroom. She expects kindness and compassion from each student towards each other in the classroom.”

Natalie McCorkel, Lower Dauphin Middle School, building secretary

McCorkel has been with the district for 23 years. She is being recognized for her work as a middle school secretary.

Her nominators spoke about her being “the glue that holds the office and the entire school together. Above all, she loves our students and does everything she can to make sure students know they are special.”

Mary Smith, Lower Dauphin High School, nurse

Smith has been the nurse at the high school since 2003. She is being recognized for being a “constant, daily, never-ending source of encouragement and comfort for the students and those she works with. She shines brightly even in the midst of dealing with people at their worst — being sick.”

Christina Watkins, Lower Dauphin High School, math teacher

Watkins is in her 26th year teaching math at the high school. She was nominated for her commitment to excellence and for being “truly devoted to supporting her students to push themselves to the highest level of their abilities. She also inspires, recognizes and appreciates students’ dedication, hard work and passion to learn.”

Kathy Weber, Lower Dauphin High School, guidance secretary

Weber began working at the high school more than 28 years ago. \She is being recognized for her work as a secretary in the guidance office.

Her nominator praised her for being a “role model for every student — and adult — at Lower Dauphin She takes a personal interest in all, shows an immediate compassion for everyone, and gives full attention to each, regardless of what else may be happening in her busy office.”

Erica Wilkinson, Conewago Elementary School, fifth-grade teacher

Wilkinson has been with the district for 11 years. She is being recognized for her work as a fifth-grade teacher. Her colleagues praised her “passion to help children. She is energetic, positive, and creative in how she reaches her students. She builds great rapport with her students, parents and teammates. Additionally, she gets results. Her students achieve at a high level and her teammates perform better because of her influence.”