During Teacher Appreciation Week, the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS) salutes the public school teachers of Bucks and Montgomery counties and gives a special nod to Becky Geremia of Gwyn-Nor Elementary School in North Penn School District who was nominated and won “A Day Well-Deserved” in the 97.5The Fanatic contest. The contest was hosted by Mike Missanelli, a graduate of Bristol High School.
The individual who nominated her called Geremia the quintessential kindergarten teacher. Geremia started her career in North Penn as a kindergarten student in the same school where she has taught for nearly two decades and is truly invested in the community. She met her high school sweetheart and now-husband at North Penn High School, resides in the district, and sends her two boys to York Avenue Elementary School.
Geremia “knows the right words to comfort a sad child, solve a classroom conflict, and build confidence in a struggling learner. As her students leave every day, Becky reminds them to bring their smile back to school the next day. They all give themselves a pat on the back, shout that they had a legendary day, and hug her goodbye.”
Geremia was announced as the winner on Tuesday, Teacher Appreciation Day. Her name was selected in a drawing of teachers who were nominated by parents, students, colleagues, and family members and profiled on the Mike Missanelli show over the past week including:
- Michael Castelli, Central Bucks West High School, Central Bucks School District
- Andrew King, Morrisville Middle/High School, Morrisville School District
- Dawn Martesi, Neil A. Armstrong Middle School, Bristol Township School District
- Jerry Moore, General Nash Elementary School, North Penn School District
- Sally Roberts, Skyview Upper Elementary School, Methacton School District
“The comments of the nominators and the community, who raved about these teachers on our Facebook page, reinforce the fact that we are very fortunate to have so many highly qualified and committed professionals teaching our 200,000 students every day, said Linda J. Weaver, former second grade special education teacher in Bristol Township and a representative of CAPS.” She added, “We’re happy to call Mike Missanelli one of our alumni, along with countless other successful individuals including Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, and Ashton Carter, former U. S. Secretary of Defense.”
Asked about his experience in Bristol Township schools, Missanelli said, “My public school teachers and coaches were conscious of educating kids — it was first and foremost in their minds. They weren’t dealing with privileged kids and the experience of teaching was really important to them.” His own daughter asked to attend a public high school in tenth grade and “loved it,” he added.