Central Bucks school counselor wins “Unsung Heroes” campaign

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Tamanend Middle School counselor Jeff Klein will use the $2,000 grant that comes with the award to help with painting a mural depicting an annual fundraising school basketball tournament.

A Central Bucks School District counselor has received prestigious recognition for his efforts in helping others.

Tamanend Middle School counselor Jeff Klein has been named winner of the “Unsung Heroes” campaign after getting the most online votes from among four finalists in the competition, all education professionals from schools in Bucks or Eastern Montgomery counties.

Klein said he will use the $2,000 grant that comes with the award toward the design and painting of a mural in the Tamanend gym to honor past participants and encourage future involvement in a basketball tournament he runs that benefits the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund, a nonprofit that provides financial and other aid to families caring for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and injuries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

The “Unsung Heroes” competition was sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Education Association/Mideastern Region and the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools. The two sponsors asked for nominations of non-teacher education professionals from throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties, and four finalists were chosen from 14 nominations received from colleagues and peers.

The other three finalists were Bensalem School District social worker Jacqui Owens; Katie Engelhardt, a nurse at Bucks County Technical High School in Bristol Township; and Ellen Zschunke, a librarian/media specialist at Pine Road Elementary School in the Lower Moreland School District. They will all receive $1,000 grants to use on projects of their choice within their schools.

Klein thanked the two sponsoring organizations for “supporting public education and highlighting the work of librarians, nurses, social workers and school counselors.

“I am so appreciative of all who voted for me and look forward to using the generous prize to fund our school’s mural commemorating the 20-year partnership between Tamanend and the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. I am also thankful to be surrounded by such a wonderful community of students, parents and colleagues who make my job so incredibly enjoyable and rewarding,” he said.

Central Bucks officials describe Klein as the “go-to guy when a student is in need of a friend, requires support for a variety of issues, wants to escalate his or her academic or outside pursuits or has other needs.”

One of his nominators said Klein is a “great colleague and amazing teacher and counselor.”

Credit: Bucks County Courier Times/Intelligencer