Lindsey Orr and Greg Schmitt receive Solanco’s highest teaching honor

| June 10, 2020

Distinguished Teacher - Lindsey OrrWEBDistinguished Teacher -Greg SchmittWEBProvidence Elementary School teacher Lindsey Orr and Bart-Colerain Elementary teacher Greg Schmitt have been chosen for induction into Solanco’s Distinguished Teacher Program. Distinguished Teachers is a prestigious award that honors teachers’ instructional excellence, extraordinary success working with students, and professional leadership.

Orr, a fifth grade teacher at Providence, and Schmitt, a third grade teacher at Bart-Colerain, will officially be inducted into the Distinguished Teacher program at the Solanco School Board meeting on Monday, August 21. “I would like to personally congratulate Lindsey and Greg for this prestigious recognition,” Solanco Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Dangler said. “Both of them embody the ideals and characteristics of what it means to be a distinguished educator in the Solanco school district, and I am honored to recognize them for this accomplishment.”

  • Lindsey Orr: Orr’s career at Solanco began in 2010 as a fifth grade teacher at Providence. “I moved within the building to teach second grade and recently returned to join the fifth grade team. I am proud to be a teacher at Solanco School District and I am truly honored to receive this acknowledgement. My passion for teaching, coaching, and guiding others to success has come naturally when surrounded by excellent role models, mentors, and colleagues. “With this recognition, I will continue to reflect and build my skills and take this opportunity to model and share my expertise in this profession.”
  • Greg Schmitt:  Greg Schmitt came to Solanco in 1998, and has taught third, fourth, and fifth grades over the past 22 years at Providence, Quarryville and Bart-Colerain elementary schools (at Bart-Colerain since 2005).  “It is truly an honor to be recognized as a Distinguished Teacher. This designation ultimately comes from the students’ motivation and inspiration for learning.  As each student finds the love for coming to school, wanting to learn, and being part of a team, we are able to soar to levels never previously imagined. It was amazing to see how the students continued this ‘above and beyond’ energy and engagement over the past few months with remote learning. I am very proud to be a part of the Solanco community, and I look forward to continuing this amazing adventure!”

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.





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

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