Press Release for the Hatfield Public Schools
Christa Anderson, kindergarten teacher at the Hatfield Elementary School and Scarlett Shockey, librarian at Smith Academy are the recipients of the 2012-2013 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award. Teachers are nominated byeither their peers, parents, students, or community members and are selected based on numerous criteria including, among other things, excellence in teaching practices, professional development, community involvement, and attendance on the job. The two teachers will be honored, along with other award recipients from neighboring schools in both Hampshire and Franklin Counties on Wednesday, April 25, at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.
Each Award winner will receive $500, an engraved plaque, 2 tickets to the event, professional pictures of the event, a three-month membership to a local YMCA, a three-month membership to the Springfield Jewish Community Center, grants for graduate course offerings by Bay Path College, Springfield College, Western New England University, Westfield State University, WGBY Channel 57 program scholarship, and other gifts from sponsors.
Sponsors of the Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize that the future of local business depends on excellent education today. Over 25 community businesses and organizations have joined together to show support for these important educators who shape the lives of our children and tailor learning to meet their complex individual needs.
Major event sponsors are The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, and MassMutual Financial Group.
Additional sponsors include: The Beveridge Family Foundation, Channing Bete Company, Country Bank, Holyoke Credit Union, Meyers Brothers & Kalicka, STCU Credit Union, and United Way of Pioneer Valley.
In-kind supporters include: Bay Path College, Class A Graphics, Dinn Brothers Trophies, The Hampshire Gazette, Langones Florist, The Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, Real to Reel, The Reminder, Southworth Paper Company, Springfield College, Springfield Jewish Community Center, Springfield Republican, Western New England University, Westfield State University, WGBY Channel 57, WGGB Channel 40, WWLP Channel 22, and the local YMCAs of the Pioneer Valley.