Nicole Mohrey TeacherTuesday
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TeacherTuesday: March 5th, 2019

Nicole Mohrey, of Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, is this week’s #TeacherTuesday. A commercial art educator for eleventh and twelfth graders, and a member of the Eastern Montgomery County Educators Association, she resisted her “family’s efforts to push me into teaching.” Apparently, her family was correct though. Nicole says, “I loved my career as a designer and then art director. After falling into teaching later, I loved it and found it even more rewarding than seeing my designs on a billboard or the side of a tractor trailer!”

EASTERN Tech Teacher Preparing Students for Art Careers

Nicole Mohrey, of Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, is this week’s #TeacherTuesday. A commercial art educator for eleventh and twelfth graders, and a member of the Eastern Montgomery County Educators Association, she resisted her “family’s efforts to push me into teaching.” Apparently, her family was correct though. Nicole says, “I loved my career as a designer and then art director. After falling into teaching later, I loved it and found it even more rewarding than seeing my designs on a billboard or the side of a tractor trailer!”And this creative powerhouse is delighted that her students have found each other. Nicole explains, “They come from different high schools, backgrounds and skills but they come here and find a common goal of an aspiring future in the creative arts.” What’s more, “They grow and learn from each other, motivate each other, and most importantly, become their own support group.” She adds that they all “have dreams of working hard in a career they love.”Let us know who else is painting the world a bright color with their skills and passion for teaching, and we’ll feature them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday.

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And this creative powerhouse is delighted that her students have found each other. Nicole explains, “They come from different high schools, backgrounds and skills but they come here and find a common goal of an aspiring future in the creative arts.” What’s more, “They grow and learn from each other, motivate each other, and most importantly, become their own support group.” She adds that they all “have dreams of working hard in a career they love.”

Let us know who else is painting the world a bright color with their skills and passion for teaching, and we’ll feature them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday.

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32nd ANNUAL “TOUCH THE FUTURE” ART SHOW HONORS 22 PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The 32nd Annual “Touch the Future” Art Show awards ceremony, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Education Association/Mideastern Region (PSEA/MER), and CAPS, was held on March 3 at Arcadia University and honored outstanding work from Bucks and Montgomery counties’ public high school students in 15 different categories.

 

The event, which juried in 350 pieces from 30 public high schools, also acknowledged Christa McAuliffe, NASA’s first teacher in space, who perished in the Space Shuttle Challenger accident. Winning students took home more than $2,200 contributed by PSEA/MER, a $100 prize from the Selma Burke Sculpture Award, Inc., and scholarships from Arcadia University.

 

The winners are as follows:

Best of Show

 

First Place: $250 Award; Morgan Evans, Springfield; Teacher — Mark Kobasz; Title — “Life-Sized Self Portrait”

Second Place: $200 award; Ruby Franke, Upper Dublin; Teacher – John Rodgers; “Eschentisch”

Third Place: $150 award; Clement Thomas, Cheltenham; Teacher – Michael Oliveras; Title – “American Dream”

 

15 Category Awards: $100 Award to Each Winner

 

Digital Imaging/Computer Graphics: Kendall Jade Trumbore, Perkiomen Valley; Teacher – Tom Komp;

Title – “Boise Travel Poster”

Black and White Drawing: Laura Rendon-Garcia, Upper Merion Area; Teacher — Troy Burkhart; Title — “My Smushed Face”

Color Drawing: Camille D’Amico, Council Rock South; Teacher – Martha Taylor; Title – “Memento”

Fiber-Crafts: Esther Lee, Upper Dublin; Teacher – Lynne Pribis; Title – The Beauty of Buchaechum”

3D Functional: Jeff Tuttle, Souderton; Teacher – John McLaughlin; Title – “Twist”

Jewelry/Metals: Suphawit Boonpeng, Spring Ford; Teacher – Karen Gallagher; Title – “GranpaFishing”

Painting (Acrylic/Oil): Jael Lunsford, Souderton Area; Teacher — Ginny Perry; Title – “Reflection”

Watercolor Painting: Ashley Kelly, Abington; Teacher – Richard Metz; Title – “Curse My Face”

Digital Photography: Katie Frame, Pennsbury; Teacher – Abby Cramer; Title – “Never Alone”

Traditional Silver Print: Barbara Purnell, Upper Dublin; Teacher – Jen Tulli; Title – “The Architect of All”

Printmaking: Sarah Starr, William Tennent; Teacher – Wendy Collins; Title – “The Goblin Platoon”

2D Mixed Media: Teri Ke, Harriton; Teacher – Peter Murray; Title – “Monologue & Partial Translations”

3D Mixed Media: John Yates, Pennsbury; Teacher – Curtis May; Title – “Hands of the Palm King”

3D Single Medium Sculpture: Emma Freymann, Springfield; Teacher – Mark Kobasz; Title – “Systemic Failure”

2D Design: Sophia Lalli, Central Bucks East; Teacher – Helen Moriarty; Title – “Dissected”

Dr. Selma Burke Sculpture Award: Rebecca Banner, Cheltenham; Teacher – Merav Nesvisky; Untitled

 

Purchase Prizes (For Permanent Display in PSEA Region Office)

 

Painting (Acrylic/Oil): Nathan Addley, North Penn; Teacher – Colleen Cooney-Irwin; Titled – “Jomo”

Jewelry/Metals: Brianna Rago, William Tennent; Teacher – Janna Francis; Titled – “A Mermaid’s Tale”

 

Teachers’ Choice Award

 

Printmaking: Emily Carl, Upper Dublin; Teacher – Jen Tulli; Title – “Build Bridges Not Walls”

 

The show was juried by Katie Reed, assistant director of admissions at Temple University Tyler School of Art. The volunteer co-chairs of the show are Lynne Pribis of Upper Dublin High School, serving for the 18th time, and Michael Werner of North Penn High School.

 

“Year after year, I’m amazed at the quality of the student art and the enormous range of opportunities available in our region’s public schools,” noted Alan M. Malachowski, PSEA/MER president. “It demonstrates why it’s so critical that public schools have the funds needed to employ highly competent professionals and how their expertise helps teach and inspire the next generation.”

 

The exhibition will take place at Arcadia University, University Commons Art Gallery Area and Great Room Lobby, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA. It will run from March 3 through 28 during gallery hours (Monday through Friday, 9 am to 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, noon to 6 pm).

 

Touch the Future Art Show

32nd Annual Touch The Future Art Show Winners

Best of Show

 

First Place: $250 Award; Morgan Evans, Springfield; Teacher — Mark Kobasz; Title — “Life-Sized Self Portrait”

Second Place: $200 award; Ruby Franke, Upper Dublin; Teacher – John Rodgers; “Eschentisch”

Third Place: $150 award; Clement Thomas, Cheltenham; Teacher – Michael Oliveras; Title – “American Dream”

 

15 Category Awards: $100 Award to Each Winner

 

Digital Imaging/Computer Graphics: Kendall Jade Trumbore, Perkiomen Valley; Teacher – Tom Komp;

Title – “Boise Travel Poster”

Black and White Drawing: Laura Rendon-Garcia, Upper Merion Area; Teacher — Troy Burkhart; Title — “My Smushed Face”

Color Drawing: Camille D’Amico, Council Rock South; Teacher – Martha Taylor; Title – “Memento”

Fiber-Crafts: Esther Lee, Upper Dublin; Teacher – Lynne Pribis; Title – The Beauty of Buchaechum”

3D Functional: Jeff Tuttle, Souderton; Teacher – John McLaughlin; Title – “Twist”

Jewelry/Metals: Suphawit Boonpeng, Spring Ford; Teacher – Karen Gallagher; Title – “GranpaFishing”

Painting (Acrylic/Oil): Jael Lunsford, Souderton Area; Teacher — Ginny Perry; Title – “Reflection”

Watercolor Painting: Ashley Kelly, Abington; Teacher – Richard Metz; Title – “Curse My Face”

Digital Photography: Katie Frame, Pennsbury; Teacher – Abby Cramer; Title – “Never Alone”

Traditional Silver Print: Barbara Purnell, Upper Dublin; Teacher – Jen Tulli; Title – “The Architect of All”

Printmaking: Sarah Starr, William Tennent; Teacher – Wendy Collins; Title – “The Goblin Platoon”

2D Mixed Media: Teri Ke, Harriton; Teacher – Peter Murray; Title – “Monologue & Partial Translations”

3D Mixed Media: John Yates, Pennsbury; Teacher – Curtis May; Title – “Hands of the Palm King”

3D Single Medium Sculpture: Emma Freymann, Springfield; Teacher – Mark Kobasz; Title – “Systemic Failure”

2D Design: Sophia Lalli, Central Bucks East; Teacher – Helen Moriarty; Title – “Dissected”

 

Dr. Selma Burke Sculpture Award:

Rebecca Banner, Cheltenham; Teacher – Merav Nesvisky; Untitled

 

Purchase Prizes (For Permanent Display in PSEA Region Office)

 

Painting (Acrylic/Oil): Nathan Addley, North Penn; Teacher – Colleen Cooney-Irwin; Titled – “Jomo”

Jewelry/Metals: Brianna Rago, William Tennent; Teacher – Janna Francis; Titled – “A Mermaid’s Tale”

 

Teachers’ Choice Award

 

Printmaking: Emily Carl, Upper Dublin; Teacher – Jen Tulli; Title – “Build Bridges Not Walls”

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32nd Annual Touch The Future Art Show

Nicole Belick Kratz TeacherTuesday
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TeacherTuesday: February 26th, 2019

Nicole Belick Kratz, this week’s #TeacherTuesday, has an opportunity to teach her students cooking skills that they will use throughout their lifetime. Her work as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Newtown Middle School, “brightens my day.” Nicole is a proud member of the Council Rock Education Association.

Educator Shares Culinary Skills

Nicole Belick Kratz, this week’s #TeacherTuesday, has an opportunity to teach her students cooking skills that they will use throughout their lifetime. Her work as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Newtown Middle School, “brightens my day.” Nicole is a proud member of the Council Rock Education Association.Nicole says, “Having these experiences and being able to lead students through hands-on activities gives them knowledge that they can only get by taking Family and Consumer Sciences, such as making homemade ice cream on Valentine’s Day!” And she adds, “Breaking barriers in the classroom and beyond in prepping students for the 21st century is why I became a teacher.”Tell us what other educators are sharing important practical and life lessons and we’ll profile them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday.

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Nicole says, “Having these experiences and being able to lead students through hands-on activities gives them knowledge that they can only get by taking Family and Consumer Sciences, such as making homemade ice cream on Valentine’s Day!” And she adds, “Breaking barriers in the classroom and beyond in prepping students for the 21st century is why I became a teacher.”

Tell us what other educators are sharing important practical and life lessons and we’ll profile them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday.

Meghan Neary TeacherTuesday
Touch the Future Art Show

TeacherTuesday: February 19th, 2019

This week’s #TeacherTuesday, Meghan Neary, is a Speech and Language Therapist at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and a member of the MCIU Education Association. The unit provides instructional support services to school districts, charter and non-public schools in the county.

Speech Therapist Finds Joy in "Aha" Moments

This week’s #TeacherTuesday, Meghan Neary, is a Speech and Language Therapist at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and a member of the MCIU Education Association. The unit provides instructional support services to school districts, charter and non-public schools in the county.Meghan loves to work with small groups and individuals so that she can “connect on a deeper level with them.” She takes great joy in the “magic ‘aha!’ moments” that her students share as she sees their eyes light up, and their “smile when something clicks, or they feel successful.” Planning to be an elementary teacher from her early years, Meghan “realized that working with children and individuals who needed more support would better suit me.” And she adds, “To me, it’s the best of both worlds — I get to work with teams of teachers and be a part of the school while working closely on necessary specific skills for students.”Tell us what other teachers are weaving their magic and we’ll feature them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday.

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Meghan loves to work with small groups and individuals so that she can “connect on a deeper level with them.” She takes great joy in the “magic ‘aha!’ moments” that her students share as she sees their eyes light up, and their “smile when something clicks, or they feel successful.”

Planning to be an elementary teacher from her early years, Meghan “realized that working with children and individuals who needed more support would better suit me.” And she adds, “To me, it’s the best of both worlds — I get to work with teams of teachers and be a part of the school while working closely on necessary specific skills for students.”

Tell us what other teachers are weaving their magic and we’ll feature them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday.

Christian Fowkes TeacherTuesday
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TeacherTuesday: February 12th, 2019

We’re delighted to highlight Christian Fowkes, an “amazing teacher,” according to one of his colleagues who nominated him as this week’s #TeacherTuesday. He teaches seventh grade science at Upper Perkiomen Middle School.

Former Peace Corps Volunteer Wows his Students

We’re delighted to highlight Christian Fowkes, an “amazing teacher,” according to one of his colleagues who nominated him as this week’s #TeacherTuesday. He teaches seventh grade science at Upper Perkiomen Middle School. This member of the Upper Perkiomen Education Association also runs the student news program with the newscast appearing on the school’s You Tube Channel. Additionally, he coordinates the Student Assistance Program (SAP) team at the school to help remove barriers to students’ ability to learn. Christian was inspired to become a teacher by “serving as an Environmental Education Volunteer in Morocco with the United States Peace Corps.” He adds, “I had the opportunity to work with students and teachers in local schools. From that experience, I knew I wanted to continue teaching when I returned to the US.” Let us know what other schools are lucky to have such devoted and special educators and we’ll feature them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday profile.

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This member of the Upper Perkiomen Education Association also runs the student news program with the newscast appearing on the school’s You Tube Channel. Additionally, he coordinates the Student Assistance Program (SAP) team at the school to help remove barriers to students’ ability to learn.

Christian was inspired to become a teacher by “serving as an Environmental Education Volunteer in Morocco with the United States Peace Corps.” He adds, “I had the opportunity to work with students and teachers in local schools. From that experience, I knew I wanted to continue teaching when I returned to the US.”

Let us know what other schools are lucky to have such devoted and special educators and we’ll feature them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday profile.

Dina McCaffery TeacherTuesday
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TeacherTuesday: February 5th, 2019

Dina McCaffery is another phenomenal example of educators preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist and is this week’s #TeacherTuesday. This member of the Centennial Education Association teaches ninth to twelfth grade students digital media production at William Tennent High School. After a 20-year stint as a journalist she switched careers and says, “Best decision I ever made!”

Former Journalist Spurs Creative Expression

Dina McCaffery is another phenomenal example of educators preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist and is this week’s #TeacherTuesday. This member of the Centennial Education Association teaches ninth to twelfth grade students digital media production at William Tennent High School. After a 20-year stint as a journalist she switched careers and says, “Best decision I ever made!” Dina strives to “bring real-world experience into the classroom while empowering young adults to step outside their comfort zone.” She adds, “In my class, students realize that everyone has a story to tell, and they learn to become better consumers of TV and film — all while tapping into their creative side, working as a team, perfecting their public speaking skills, and looking at things with a critical eye.” She started the “Behind the Lens” Film Festival three years ago with professional judges and hosts an impressive Red Carpet, Oscar-style awards ceremony. This past year, this amazing teacher extended the opportunity to participate to other schools throughout the state Tell us what other educators are sharing their talents and passions with students as they prepare them for careers of the future, and we’ll feature them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday profile.

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Dina strives to “bring real-world experience into the classroom while empowering young adults to step outside their comfort zone.” She adds, “In my class, students realize that everyone has a story to tell, and they learn to become better consumers of TV and film — all while tapping into their creative side, working as a team, perfecting their public speaking skills, and looking at things with a critical eye.” She started the “Behind the Lens” Film Festival three years ago with professional judges and hosts an impressive Red Carpet, Oscar-style awards ceremony. This past year, this amazing teacher extended the opportunity to participate to other schools throughout the state

Tell us what other educators are sharing their talents and passions with students as they prepare them for careers of the future, and we’ll feature them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday profile.

Nary Chou TeacherTuesday
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TeacherTuesday: January 29, 2019

This week’s #TeacherTuesday, Nary Chou, came to the United States as a war refugee from Cambodia at the age of eight, unable to speak a word of English. Her ESL teacher taught her not only “how to read and write,” but “also supported and encouraged me to reach my potential,” simultaneously motivating this Abington Education Association member who teaches fifth grade at Rydal Elementary, to choose this important profession.

Teacher Builds Cultural Bridges

This week’s #TeacherTuesday, Nary Chou, came to the United States as a war refugee from Cambodia at the age of eight, unable to speak a word of English. Her ESL teacher taught her not only “how to read and write,” but “also supported and encouraged me to reach my potential,” simultaneously motivating this Abington Education Association member who teaches fifth grade at Rydal Elementary, to choose this important profession.Nary is inspired “to not only teach the curriculum, but most importantly, to teach my students to embrace their own culture and heritage and help them to learn the skills necessary for a diverse and global community.” She extends her reach by running a school club called C.A.R.E. (Cultural Appreciation at Rydal Elementary). The club provides students with an opportunity to “discuss their own family traditions, learn about games that kids play around the world, and practice different ways to greet one another.” She adds, “More than anything, I hope that the children come away with a respect for one another no matter where we come from.” Tell us what other educators are encouraging the next generation to build bridges between cultures and we’ll feature them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday.

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Nary is inspired “to not only teach the curriculum, but most importantly, to teach my students to embrace their own culture and heritage and help them to learn the skills necessary for a diverse and global community.” She extends her reach by running a school club called C.A.R.E. (Cultural Appreciation at Rydal Elementary). The club provides students with an opportunity to “discuss their own family traditions, learn about games that kids play around the world, and practice different ways to greet one another.” She adds, “More than anything, I hope that the children come away with a respect for one another no matter where we come from.”

Tell us what other educators are encouraging the next generation to build bridges between cultures and we’ll feature them in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday.

Ken Ehrmann TeacherTuesday
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TeacherTuesday: January 22nd, 2019

This week’s energetic #TeacherTuesday, Ken Ehrmann, believes passionately in students creating their own personalized learning. He’s a fifth-grade teacher at M.M. Seylar Elementary School, a member of the Pennridge Education Association, and was recently named as one of only 12 finalists for the 2019 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. As if that’s not enough, Ken was nominated by all 30 pupils and their parents in his 2017 homeroom on the last day of class! His goal is “to empower students to feel enthusiastic to come to school and learn. They should feel safe and respected by their peers.”

Innovative Learning Key for Teacher of Year Finalist

This week’s energetic #TeacherTuesday, Ken Ehrmann, believes passionately in students creating their own personalized learning. He’s a fifth-grade teacher at M.M. Seylar Elementary School, a member of the Pennridge Education Association, and was recently named as one of only 12 finalists for the 2019 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. As if that’s not enough, Ken was nominated by all 30 pupils and their parents in his 2017 homeroom on the last day of class! His goal is “to empower students to feel enthusiastic to come to school and learn. They should feel safe and respected by their peers.”Beyond that, Ken “designs instruction to provide support when they need it, challenges they can rise to, and innovative ways of learning.” Additionally, his lucky students have time provided for “open-ended projects to research and create anything they desire.” Ken says, “My only expectation is they come to school ready to work hard and maintain an extremely high-level of work ethic.”Tell us who else is a powerhouse and we’ll feature that educator in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday.

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Beyond that, Ken “designs instruction to provide support when they need it, challenges they can rise to, and innovative ways of learning.” Additionally, his lucky students have time provided for “open-ended projects to research and create anything they desire.” Ken says, “My only expectation is they come to school ready to work hard and maintain an extremely high-level of work ethic.”

Tell us who else is a powerhouse and we’ll feature that educator in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday.