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Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: March 3, 2020

This week’s #TeacherTuesday celebrates Dr. Deaitra Bradley, a K-6 Elementary Reading Specialist at McKinley Elementary School and an Abington Education Association member. Dr. Bradley says, “I’m inspired to lead my classroom every day because I aim for my instruction to provide my students with reading tools that lay the foundation for them to be lifelong learners.”  Thank you for your commitment to your students, Dr. Bradley – the gift of reading will open many doors for them!


Photo GalleriesTouch the Future Art Show

33rd Annual “Touch The Future” Art Show

Photos by AMP Studios

Touch the Future Art Show

33rd Annual “Touch the Future” Art Show Winners

Best of Show

First Place – Caroline Snyder, Spring-Ford Area High School. Digital Photography: “Stretched for Time” (Teacher:  Corrine Rudloff)

Second Place – Owen Bradley, Abington Senior High School.  3-D Mixed Media: “Love Letters” (Teacher: David Ferro)

Third Place –Grace Bauder, Abington Senior High School. 2-D Mixed Media: “Shortest Path to Oneself” (Teacher: David Ferro)

Category Awards

Sue Castle Memorial Art Award – Jessica Bednarcik, Pennsbury High School. Painting: “Green Eyed Girl” (Teacher: Kelsey Adair)

Rosemary Hamilton Memorial Award – Jocelyn Viney, Spring-Ford Area High School. Black and White Drawing: “Reflective Still Life” (Teacher: Brent Kissel)

Digital Imaging/Computer Graphics – Shannon Plank, Spring-Ford Area High School. “Out of My Mind” (Teacher: Chad Strickler)

Black and White Drawing – Samantha Beil, Abington Senior High School. “Surveillant” (Teacher: David Ferro)

Color Drawing – Julianne Marchione, Central Bucks High School East. “Blues” (Teacher:  Helene Moriarty)

Fiber – Crafts – Aleena Sabir, Bensalem High School. “Embroidered Dress” (Teacher: Lori Smull)

Jewelry/Metals – Wit Boonpeng, Spring-Ford Area High School. “Cultural Dash” (Teacher: Karen Gallagher)

Painting (Acrylic/Oil) – Sarah Grogan, Harriton High School. “In Between” (Teacher: Honora Jackson)

Watercolor Painting – Gianna Sellecchia, Abington Senior High School. “Oblivious” (Teacher: Nicole Caracciolo)

Digital Photography – CJ Bowser, Harriton High School. “Assimilation” (Teacher: Kate Witman)

Traditional Silver Print – Caleb O’Connell, Neshaminy High School. “Self-Portrait” (Teacher: Terry O’Neill)

Printmaking – Samantha Gatmaitan, Pennridge High School. “Untitled” (Teacher: Craig Sudac)

2-D Mixed Media – Frankie Ferlick, Souderton Area Senior High School. “Return to Sender” (Teacher: Ginny Perry)

2-D Design – Gavin Entenmann, Souderton Area Senior High School. “The Yarney Night” (Teacher: Ginny Perry)

Dr. Selma Burke Sculpture Award – Reece D’Alonzo, Central Bucks High School South. “Steampunk Tenement” (Teacher: Tina Warren)

3-D Functional – Abbey Keller, Upper Dublin High School. “Untitled” (Teacher: John Rodgers)

3-D Mixed Media – Emma Freymann, Springfield Township High School. “Can of People” (Teacher: Mark Kobasz

3-D Single Medium Sculpture – Elham Maaz, Pennsbury High School East. “Di Jaja” (Teacher: Danyelle Lala)

Purchase Awards

One – Ariel Caison, Pennridge High School. Painting: “Behind the Stage” (Teacher: Lynne Hayden)

Two – Eric Zaksaukas, Council Rock High School North. Black and White Drawing: “LITHUANIA IN WOOD” (Teacher: Craig Sudac)

Three – Ma’ayan Shahar, Upper Dublin High School. 3-D Mixed Media: “That sinking feeling” (Teacher: John Rodgers)

Teachers’ Choice Award – Hannah Russell, Spring-Ford Area High School. Jewelry/Metals: “Twisted Memories” (Teacher: Karen Gallagher)

Teacher Tuesday

Teacher Tuesday: February 25, 2020

This week’s #TeacherTuesday is Sean Romano, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and a member of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Education Association. Sean reflects on his job, saying, “I have the unique opportunity to provide behavior trainings for preschool teachers. It has been incredibly refreshing to hear the positive feedback and changes the teachers plan to make in their classrooms. If I can help them make a difference, it can lead to lasting positive behavior changes across the county.” Thanks for helping our early education professionals across Montgomery County, Sean!

Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: February 18, 2020

This week’s #TeacherTuesday is Catherine Choi, a first-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary and a member of the Abington Education Association. Catherine explains her lifelong love of teaching: “I knew I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was in middle school. Teaching gave me a spark of joy and confidence even at such a young age. I always volunteered myself to teach Sunday school and summer school and I enjoyed it so much!” Catherine, we are so glad you turned your love of teaching into a career. Thank you for bringing that joy to your students!

Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: February 11, 2020

Our #TeacherTuesday this week is Tamika Holland, a first-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School and a member of the Abington Education Association. Tamika reflects on the path that brought her to become a teacher – and stay in the profession, saying, “I remember growing up and playing teacher with my Barbies all the time. When I started student teaching, my mentor teacher would tell me that I was a natural. My first year of teaching was sheer bliss and I continue to experience many moments like that with my students every week.“ Your talent for teaching shines through in the classroom, Tamika – thank you for all that you do!

Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: December 17, 2019

Today’s #TeacherTuesday is Charlene Crawford, a member of the Abington Education Association. Charlene is a first grade teacher at Rydal Elementary who is also a prolific author, whose titles include “The Boy Who Called Wolf retold by the Wolf,” “Number Lake,” “I Love Me,” Lucky the Lady Bug,” and “Adventures with Granny in the Garden.” Charlene’s books may be found in the Abington Library, at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Charlene’s writing has been influenced by teaching – particularly “Number Lake.” Her students had a hard time with the concept of greater than, less than, and equal to. “I told my students a story about a fish named Hungary who was always hungry and lived in number lake,” says Charlene. “He opened his mouth to eat the number kelp. Each time he opened his mouth, it was the symbol. He was always hungry so he only opened his mouth for the biggest number. I told this story every year to my students when we got to this concept. One of my curriculum specialists was observing me teach one day and asked about my reference to Hungary. So the students told her the story. She said, ‘That’s a clever story. You should have it published.’ And that was the beginning of my love of writing for younger children.”


Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: December 10, 2019

This week’s #TeacherTuesday is Jules Mermelstein, a retired high school History and Government Teacher from Upper Dublin Education Association who currently serves as Vice President of PSEA-Retired Montco.

When Jules was teaching Government and US History, his experience and knowledge as a former criminal defense attorney and volunteer attorney with the ACLU really came in handy when he taught the US Constitution, in general, and the Bill of Rights in particular.

“Not only was I able to teach the content but how those rights protected all of us in practice, with short blurbs of my experiences,” says Jules. In addition, he served as a local elected official, township commissioner, for 19 years. That experience especially helped in teaching the differences between local, state, and federal government responsibilities and abilities to act on certain issues.

When Jules left teaching due to a disability, he started writing more and more. He writes the book reviews for Sidebar, the quarterly for the Montgomery Bar Association, and his first (hopefully in a series) novel will be published in early 2020. It is titled Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue and it is about an attorney who pursues justice, both inside or outside the law.
Congratulations on your book, Jules, and congratulations for your service to PSEA-Retired!


Teacher Tuesday

TeacherTuesday: October 22, 2019

Today’s #TeacherTuesday is Ali Rosenberger, a North Penn Education Association member who teaches Kindergarten Special Education at Gwyn Nor Elementary.

“I am inspired to teach because I believe that all students can and will achieve success when provided the right tools and support team,” says Ali. “I want to be part of that support team for my students. I want to provide them the tools they need to achieve their goals, as well as teach them how to use those tools. Most importantly, I want my students to know how to advocate for themselves. I believe in empowering my students to speak up for what they need to be successful, not only within the school setting but in all areas of their lives.”

Congratulations on your recognition, Ali, and thank you for starting your students on a successful path to self-advocacy!