Solanco’s newest “Distinguished Teachers”

| May 31, 2018

Distinguished Teachers - May 2018WEBTwo outstanding Solanco High School teachers – John Girvin and Chris Rachor – have been selected for induction into the district’s ”Distinguished Teachers” program, prestigious recognition that honors teachers’ instructional excellence, extraordinary success working with students, and professional leadership. Girvin and Rachor will officially be inducted into the Distinguished Teacher program at the Solanco School Board meeting on Monday, August 20.

  • John Girvin (left in photo): Girvin joined the Solanco School District as a science teacher in 1983. He attended Franklin & Marshall College and graduated from Millersville University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Education with certification in chemistry (general science). He also earned a Masters in Education in Counselor Education at Millersville Univrsity in 1991. “I am truly grateful for the recognition that has been bestowed on me. I grew up in a family where both of my parents were teachers and I observed how they made a difference in the lives of young people.  I will enter my 37th year with the same passion and enthusiasm to be the best I can be in this very noble profession.”
  • Chris Rachor (right):  “It is both humbling and an honor to be selected as a Distinguished Teacher in the Solanco School District,” Rachor said. “The first 18 years of my career have been both challenging and rewarding, and I hope to live up to the expectation of this distinction in the years to come.” Rachor began teaching at Solanco in 2000. He graduated from Millersville University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics. He attended Penn Manor High School.

Eligibility requirements for the Distinguished Teacher award include a Master’s Degree, level II or permanent certification, and ten years in education, with at least three years in the Solanco School District. Teachers are nominated for the award by their colleagues or the principal of their school. Of the nominated teachers, no more than six, three elementary and three secondary teachers, may be selected at a time. Teachers who are nominated for the award must complete an application to be considered for selection as a Distinguished Teacher. The district’s supervision committee chooses a selection committee, consisting of teachers and administrators, to review the applications and guidelines in selecting teachers to be honored as Distinguished Teachers.

Previous recipients of the Distinguished Teacher awards are Rebecca Gajecki, Principal, Quarryville Elementary School (Instructional technology coach at the time of her nomination and selection to Distinguished Teachers. Stephanie Wood, Swift Middle School English teacher; Leslie McRobbie, Solanco High School English teacher, Caley Roark, Solanco High School Teacher of the Gifted. Carrie Falduts, health and physical education teacher at George A. Smith Middle School. Matt Reiprich, second grade teacher at Providence Elementary. Sara Parrish, learning support teacher at Smith Middle School. Cynthia Sangrey, social studies teacher at Smith Middle School. Richard Croyle, music teacher at Solanco High School; Karen Gagliardi, music teacher at George A. Smith Middle School; Yvonne McLaughlin, kindergarten teacher at Clermont Elementary; Donna Railing, 4th grade teacher at Bart-Colerain Elementary; Sheila Schmitt, 5th grade teacher at Bart-Colerain Elementary; Kathy Croyle, reading specialist at Clermont Elementary; Bill Lewis, English teacher at Solanco High School; Jennifer Pasko, English teacher at Solanco High School; Marj Hall-Petkosh, reading specialist and Title I coordinator; Brenda Roark, first grade teacher at Bart-Colerain Elementary; Karen Baughman, multi-age (1st and 2nd grade) teacher at Clermont Elementary; Stacy Kline, lead business teacher at Solanco High School; Becky McClure, 3rd grade teacher at Bart-Colerain Elementary; Bret Miller, lead science teacher at Solanco High School; Tom Stauffer, Solanco School District Technology Integration Specialist; Barbara Walker, reading specialist at Quarryville Elementary; Judy Argue, 2nd grade teacher at Bart-Colerain Elementary; Jane Eddy, lead guidance counselor at Solanco High School; Sandra Haines, reading specialist at Providence Elementary; Connie Herr, lead math teacher at Solanco High School; Barbara (Wagner) Miller, 4th grade teacher at Providence Elementary; Jane Ausel, kindergarten at Bart-Colerain Elementary School; Al Freas, 7th grade math extension teacher at George A. Smith Middle School; Steve McTaggart, social studies teacher at Solanco High School; Linda Whiting, special education teacher at Swift Middle School,  Dawn Campbell, 5th grade teacher at Providence Elementary; Mary Pat Koller, 3rd grade teacher at Clermont Elementary School; Jennifer McDowell, math teacher at George A. Smith Middle School;. Jessica Prokay, English teacher at Solanco High School; Megan Carson, Providence Elementary School first grade teacher; Stephanie Jones, Solanco High School earth and space science teacher; Tony Mendez, Solanco High school technology education teacher; Brenda Lloyd, Solanco High School math teacher; Jennifer Pearson, Swift Middle School counselor Cynthia Wasilis, Smith and Swift middle schools librarian; Melinda Daubert, reading specialist at Clermont Elementary School; Susan Fitzgerald, reading specialist at Quarryville Elementary School; Carey Kalupson: Lead agriculture teacher at Solanco High School.

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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