Perkiomen Valley School District Annual Report 2015-16 | Page 13

Staff Highlights

Perkiomen Valley School District employees received a variety of awards and distinctions for their work in 2015-16 . Here are just a few :
• Judy Morgitan , Perkiomen Valley High School nurse , received the Outstanding Mental Health Champion Award from Healthy Schools Campaign , sponsored by School Health and Maico Diagnostics .
• Rachel Gallagher , Perkiomen Valley High School teacher , was given a “ Teaching Excellence ” Award by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy for her work leading Perkiomen Valley High School ’ s Envirothon Team to the state competition after winning the county level for the last three years .
• Tom Lavanga , Perkiomen Valley High School teacher , was selected as the subject of a segment on “ Xploration Earth 2050 ”, a television show that airs on Fox stations nationwide . Mr . Lavanga was featured for creating an augmented reality sandbox that is designed to teach students about geologic and hydrologic concepts .
• Mark Ciccarone , Perkiomen Valley High School Spanish teacher , was selected as Preston and Steve ’ s “ Coolest Teacher ” on the radio station WMMR 93.3 FM .
• Garreth Heidt , Perkiomen Valley High School teacher , published an article titled “ From Sound to Sight ” in the April 2015 edition of School Arts magazine .
• David Overholtzer , Perkiomen Valley High School music teacher , was selected as a winner in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association ( PMEA ) Member level composition contest . His composition , Exultation for Band , was performed by the Duquesne University Wind Ensemble at the PMEA State Convention .
• Dr . Seamus Clune , Principal of Perkiomen Valley Middle School East , was awarded the “ Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award ” for his service to the community .
• Jessica Lester , Manager of School & Community Engagement , received two Awards of Honor from the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association for the 2013-14 Annual Report and the 2014-15 Activities Calendar .

A Look at Our Staff

Full-Time Support Staff
Maintenance / Custodial Staff
Food Service Staff
Teachers with Advanced Degrees
90.9 %
Master ’ s Degrees
Doctoral Degrees
National Board Certification
Teachers with 3 Years or Less with PV
Average Teacher Years of Service with PV
Teachers with 30 + Years of PV Service
My teachers allowed for me to expand my horizons and get into my top choice college . Without the years of proper teaching and growth of character , I believe I would be a very different person today .
- PVHS Student , Class of 2016
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Click here for a video about PVHS teacher Tom Lavanga's augmented reality sandbox.