Category: Teacher Tuesday

Cara Gimbel and Kathy Rafferty TeacherTuesday
Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: May 28, 2019

We’re thrilled to highlight two additional educators as #TeacherTuesdays— Cara Gimbel and Kathy Rafferty — who were honored in the National Liberty Museum‘s Teacher as Hero contest recently. Members of the Abington Education Association, and teachers of the special education initiative, A.C.T.I.V.E. Academy Transition Program, they work with 18-21 year old students at Abington Senior High School to help them to learn vocational and life skills.

Today’s focus is on Cara and we’ll highlight Kathy next week because there is so much to say about each of them! Cara, who did not attend public school as a child says, “Public schools provide so many different types of opportunities for students to excel and contribute. There is such a diverse group of young people coming together.” And she adds, “I think you learn a lot about acceptance and understanding when you attend a school that embraces everyone, regardless of where they come from or who they are.”

Cara applauds her students’ positive attitudes and increased confidence as they try new things. She says, “They get the opportunity to practice skills (independent living, vocational, travel, interpersonal) in a safe space, where they can learn from their mistakes and ask for help, without fear of failure or disappointment. I think the best way to learn is by doing.”

What other educators amaze you every day? Let us know and we’ll feature them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday post.

George Daka Teacher Tuesday
21May
Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: May 21, 2019

It’s easy to see why George Daka received a 2019 Teacher as Hero Award from the National Liberty Museum recently. Today’s #TeacherTuesday, a member of the Bensalem Township Education...

Sakita Tinsley - TeacherTuesday
14May
Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTueaday: May 14, 2019

In keeping with our “Heroes” theme, we’re proud to introduce you to Sakita Tinsley, an English and Multicultural Voices teacher at North Penn High School as this week’s #TeacherTuesday. A...

07May
Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: May 7, 2019

Over the past month, we’ve been happy to shine a spotlight on four extraordinary individuals through our Unsung Heroes campaign. We asked you to vote and you did, with the highest number of votes going...

30Apr
Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: April 30, 2019

For Katie Engelhardt, kindness is key and she always wants to make a difference for every single person whom she meets every single day. This week’s Unsung Hero is one of the certified school nurses and...

23Apr
Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: April 23, 2019

We’re delighted to feature Jacqui Owens this week, a member of the Bensalem Education Association and one of only two school social workers in the district serving nine schools. Jacqui “works...

16Apr
Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: April 16, 2019

This week’s Unsung Hero, Ellen Zschunke is the librarian and media specialist at the Pine RoadElementarySchool in Huntingdon Valley, and co-president of the Lower Moreland Township Education...

09Apr
Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: April 9, 2019

During the first week of our Unsung Heroes campaign, we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Klein, the amazing school counselor from Tamanend Middle School and member of the Central Bucks Education...

Marquis Stokes TeacherTuesday
02Apr
Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: April 2nd, 2019

We’re delighted to feature Marquise Stokes, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Pennridge North Middle School and a member of the Pennridge Education Association, as this...

Erika Schwanbeck TeacherTuesday
26Mar
Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: March 26th, 2019

“Health and physical education are the classes where students can learn to live their best life,” says Erika Schwanbeck, this week’s #TeacherTuesday. She teaches those subjects at Keith Valley...