Our goal is to support public school employees by recognizing exemplary professionals currently in the field and future professional educators.
The Lauretta Woodson Award recognizes excellence in education. Two awards are presented annually to an outstanding educator and a support professional.
Our 2019 recipients come from the Upper Dauphin School District:
The Educator Award was presented to Mark Deitrich, who, for almost thirty years, has taught agriculture at Upper Dauphin Area High School. In addition to expanding the district's course offerings in agriculture, Mr. Dietrich has worked to make the school's FFA one of the best in the state.
Mr. Dietrich is also involved in school governance and is a trusted resource for district teachers according to Evan Williams, Upper Dauphin Superintendent.
The Support Professional Award winner was Sally Lucas, a teacher's assistant for almost thirty years. According to Superintendent Williams, every principal and teacher with whom she has worked has remarked about her dedication, diligence, and ability. Having Mrs. Lucas in a classroom is as good as having a second teacher. She has always done a great job.
We also administer the Educational Support Grant. This is a competitive grant awarded to one school employee to be used for an innovative program to enhance the school's curriculum.
This year’s Education Grant recipient is Mrs. Katrina Fry. Mrs. Fry works for the Susquehanna Township School District as a third-grade teacher in the Thomas Holtzman Elementary School. Mrs. Fry will be using the grant to purchase flexible seating for the students in her classroom. These will include adjustable tables, chairs, stools, floor mats, tote bags, and clipboards. The grant was awarded to Mrs. Fry at the March 1, 2021 Susquehanna Township School Board Meeting.
Chapter scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors planning to major in the field of education. In 2020, one $1,000 scholarship was awarded:
Lillian Carney, a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School will begin her studies at Albright College in Secondary Education and Psychology, with a minor in Special Education.