Prestigious recognition for Chris Rachor and John Girvin

| August 21, 2018

Distinguished TeachersWEBSolanco High School math teacher Chris Rachor and science teacher John Girvin have been inducted into Solanco’s special Distinguished Teacher Program. Distinguished Teachers is a prestigious award that honors teachers’ instructional excellence, extraordinary success working with students, and professional leadership.

Rachor (left) and Girvin (right) officially received their Distinguished Teacher Aard from Solanco Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Dangler (center) at the Solanco School Board meeting on Monday, August 20.

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. “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.”

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 enter my 37th year with the same passion and enthusiasm to be the best I can be in this very noble profession.”

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.

Teachers identified as Distinguished Teachers will serve in various types of mentorship roles for young instructors.

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

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