Select Your Destination
 

< Feature Stories >

Brought, Wagaman named Athletes of the Year

COVID-19 PA County Testing

DCNR Moves to Open State Park Swimming Beaches & Pools

How it Works & When You Should Use It

Pastor Mike recounts the story of an ancient warrior king

Tioga County observes Memorial Day

Community cheers for Class of 2020 car parade in Wellsboro

Spacious, peaceful home atop the hills above Hills Creek

 
 
 

Starkweather Receives Teaching Award

Local teacher honored by state and community at award ceremony

 

by Rhonda Pearson - March 31, 2015

On Friday, March 27, Mrs. Carla Starkweather, a third grade teacher at Don Gill Elementary School, was awarded the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award for the State of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Steve Adams, Principal, opened the presentation by welcoming all in attendance. Teachers and students from grades second through fourth came to support Mrs. Starkweather.

Tom Brown, Jr. Vice State Commander and Americanism Chairman was invited to the podium to present the award. He was excited for Mrs. Starkweather and the school. Brown stated, “No one up here has ever won the award so it is really outstanding.” Mr. Brown presented Carla Starkweather with two plaques acknowledging her as the Smart/Maher, VFW teacher of the year for the entire state of Pennsylvania, for Kindergarten through 5th grade. Many offered congratulations to Carla such as Master Sergeant Clare Emery from our local VFW, Commander Dan Riepple from the VFW 15th District, and Superintendent Mr. Chris Morral.

Mrs. Starkweather was also presented a plaque from Joan S. Hart, Borough Council President. Tioga County Commissioners Mark Hamilton, Erick Coolidge and Roger Bunn presented a resolution thanking Carla Starkweather for her outstanding service.

Some of the requirements for this reward include being a teacher identified as someone who promotes civic responsibility, teaches citizen education topics, understands flag etiquette and is patriotic just to name a few. Representative Matt Baker stated that one reason she was nominated is because of Carla’s ability to address all the students learning needs; no matter how challenging they may be. The Administration, Carla’s colleagues and even the children in her class wrote essays on what they appreciate about Mrs. Starkweather and why they felt she should be nominated.

Representative Baker also gave some facts about the competition and what Mrs. Starkweather faced while competing for the award. There are 67 counties in the state of Pennsylvania representing 12.8 million people and Carla is the sole winner for grades Kindergarten through 5th. The District competition consisted of the following counties: Tioga, Potter, Lycoming, Clinton and Cameron. At the State level competition Carla went up against 23 other district winners, before being selected to receive the state award.

At one point in the ceremony Mr. Adams had Mrs. Starkweather’s children come up on stage to help gather some of her awards. He addressed the audience saying,” we wanted to include Mrs. Starkweather’s children and family because teaching takes a great sacrifice.” Mr. Adams went on to say that, “the reason teachers do what they do is for you guys in the audience.”

On behalf of all of us here at Wellsboro Home Page we want to congratulate Mrs. Carla Starkweather for her outstanding achievement. In addition, we’d like to thank all of the teachers in our community who are out there everyday performing one of the most important jobs on earth – teaching our children. Thanks for watching.

Credits:

Writing: Rhonda Pearson

 

Produced by Vogt Media

< Current Stories >

 

See More Current Stories

 

Wellsboro holds virtual athletic awards ceremony

June 1, 2020

 

70,735 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases for Pennsylvani

May 29, 2020

 

Be kind to your mind!

May 29, 2020

 

Effective Saturday, June 6, all 58 state park beaches will be open to swimming

May 28, 2020

 

How it Works & When You Should Use It

May 28, 2020

 

Pastor Mike recounts the story of an ancient warrior king

May 27, 2020

 

Tioga County observes Memorial Day

May 26, 2020

 

Community cheers for Class of 2020 car parade in Wellsboro

May 25, 2020

 

Spacious, peaceful home atop the hills above Hills Creek

May 23, 2020

 

Tioga County COVID-19 Task Force Update

May 22, 2020

 

County Commissioners petition Governor Wolf to open up

May 21, 2020

 

Encourage local students through this special program!

May 21, 2020

 

Welcoming Chiropractor Dr. Sarah Taylor to the Laurel Health Family

May 20, 2020

 

JGM Coach & Benedicts Bus Service rally for awareness

May 18, 2020

 

Local business preview following yellow phase launch

May 15, 2020

 

Census money allocations, resources & signs explained

May 14, 2020

 

Approved Over $98 Million for Local Businesses

May 12, 2020

 

Berndtson selected as one of the first PA teachers to serve

May 12, 2020

 

Jessica Monger receives Akiko's floral arrangement & $100!

May 11, 2020

 

Discussion of Regional Effects of COVID-19

May 8, 2020

 

Rolling For Awareness: Saving Our Buses

May 7, 2020

 

Tioga County COVID-19 Task Force Update

May 6, 2020

 

Win $100.00 cash and Mom’s Day flowers from Akiko’s

May 5, 2020

 

UPMC is taking extraordinary precautions to maintain safety

May 4, 2020

 

Representative Clint Owlett on Governor Wolf's Statement

May 1, 2020

 

Happy birthday to Home Page VP, Sara Vogt!

May 1, 2020

 

Movin' Together: Moving Through Injury During COVID-19

April 30, 2020

 

Shannon Bream Encourages Our Home Page Viewers

April 29, 2020

 

C&N's advice on avoiding scams and cybercriminals

April 28, 2020

 

Residents adherence to guidelines moves us to the front of the line!

April 27, 2020

 
 

Load More Stories