Jennifer Gallaher and Amy Luzader, Fourth Grade Teachers at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School were presented with Apple Awards from the National State Teachers of the Year—Pennsylvania Chapter.
The award is presented to Pennsylvania educators to recognize their exceptional efforts in teaching, coaching and other efforts to support educational excellence. Recipients are chosen because they make a positive difference in the lives of their students, school districts and community.
Both teachers were nominated by 2017 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Finalist Katherine Meucci, who is also a Fourth Grade Teacher at Franklin Elementary School.
Of Mrs. Gallaher, Mrs. Meucci writes, “Her soft-spoken demeanor makes her students feel comfortable and allows learning to happen in a safe space. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent for teaching multiple levels are truly superior.
“Mrs. Gallaher is an advocate for her students. She understands each student’s needs and makes sure they are provided with the support they need in all settings to succeed. She shows that all students can learn, and she wants them to enjoy learning and know that they are capable of success.”
Of Mrs. Luzader, Mrs. Meucci shares, “She is eager to learn new techniques, especially those involving technology. Mrs. Luzader has a wonderful rapport with her students. They have fun in her classroom because she shows great initiative and a positive attitude.
“She advocates for her students by giving them every opportunity to be successful, opening her classroom before school begins to provide them with extra academic support. She knows how to build on each student’s strengths to help them build confidence. Her students know that even though they have to work hard in her classroom, they are capable of success.”
Both teachers received an Apple Award certificate and will have their names listed as Apple Award recipients in the NSTOY-PA newsletter and website.
Congratulations, Mrs. Gallaher and Mrs. Luzader!