MEET THE 2015 BUCKS COUNTY TEACHER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS!
They hail from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and they educate children and empower them to reach their fullest potential in life. They are the three finalists for the 2015 Bucks County Teacher of the Year.
On April 9, 2015 at Inspire Federal Credit Union’s 79th Annual Meeting, one of them will be named the 2015 Bucks County Teacher of the Year, an honor that has been bestowed upon a select number of inspired educators for many years in Bucks County.
The Bucks County Teacher of the Year program, which is presented by Inspire FCU and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, identifies exceptional teachers in the county, recognizes their effective work in the classroom, amplifies their voices, and empowers them to continue their educational efforts.
“There aren’t too many people that can change the life of a student like an educator can do,” said Hilary A. Reed, the Senior Vice President and Chief Relationship Officer of Inspire FCU. “These three teachers, among many other teachers in this county, have successfully accepted the educational challenges inside a classroom, and their impact has extended far beyond the walls of a school.”
For two weeks, the Bucks County community voted for the nominees they felt should become finalists for the award. Over 18,000 votes were cast, shattering every previous record, and we are extremely proud and excited to announce the finalists!
The three finalists are:
Matthew Groden teaches 9th through 12th grade Math at Pennsbury High School East in Levittown, PA.
A calculus expert, a superstar Mathletes coach, a proud father, a passionate surfer and a “rap god” to the Pennsbury community, Matthew Groden has become the face of Pennsbury’s math department. Matthew Groden has exhibited a mastery of teaching beyond many teachers in the state, and he continues to have an unrivaled passion that he exudes for his subject.
Amanda Dicks teaches 10th through 12th grade History/Government at CB East High School in Doylestown, PA.
Amanda Dicks is easily most students’ favorite teacher at CB East. She has been teaching for seven years and has taught curriculums from Advanced Placement European History, to American Government and Economic Systems, to electives such as sociology. Known for constantly keeping students on their toes, her style of teaching is similar to a college course, which prepped many of her former students for the next educational step, all while keeping everyone engaged and interested in the topic.
Stephani Thomas teaches 1st through 5th grade Art at Pine Run Elementary in New Britain, PA.
Stephani Thomas’s job title is “art teacher,” however, she is so much more. Her teaching is known to transcend art. It builds friendships, communities, and inspires students to achieve more than they ever thought they could. Stephani is a natural collaborator and puts a lot of energy and effort into supporting the whole school through her leadership. If there is an opportunity to support the faculty or a student, Stephani has, and always will be there.
Every year, exemplary teachers from Bucks County, PA are nominated by their peers, co-workers and students as Teacher of the Year nominees. From that group of nominees, the Bucks County community votes for the three finalists via online voting. From there, a committee will evaluate and judge all three finalist submissions and determine the winner. The winner will be announced at the Inspire FCU’s 79th Annual Meeting, where all three finalists will be present, and the Teacher of the Year prize will be awarded.
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