Education moments from 2011

Earlier, I posted about the hot education topics in 2011. As I mentioned then, the subjects¬† – budgets, legislation, etc. – seemed a bit dreary. So I gathered some photos from the past year of education moments, whether they be news-making developments or features from what’s happened in county classrooms.

File photo by Kate Penn


Showing her smarts: Dallastown student Lauren Hodge, 14, won for her age group in the Google Science Fair, with more than 7,500 projects submitted from around the world. Her project looked at the effect of certain marinades on carcinogens in grilled chicken.




Learning the community: Deborah Wortham became York City School District superintendent in July, and she took several walks in school neighborhoods to talk to residents about the district.

File photo by Chris Dunn

Performing arts: The York City School District was forced to cut its performing

Candace Kearse, 17, rehearses for Jesus Christ Superstar in a studio at the Strand-Capital Performing Arts Center . File photo by Kate Penn

arts program because of budget cuts, and then New Hope Academy Charter School began to offer such a program in conjunction with the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. It took a few school board meetings for the charter school to gain official approval for the program, but the dancing and singing resumed quickly.



File photo by Jason Plotkin



A West York legacy: Tom Eyster retired as band director after 34 years with the district, where he also attended school.



Lisa Ann Plowfield, submitted photo


New leader: Lisa Ann Plowfield became the new chancellor of Penn State York, after Joel Rodney retired.


Spring Grove Middle School gym teacher Jessica O'Brien leads the students in a Zumba class. File photo by Jason Plotkin.




Fit and fun: Zumba hit classrooms as a way to get kids moving. At Spring Grove Area Middle School, zumba is a physical education option for students.






Teaching technology: Over the summer, some teachers participated it in Tech It U, a weeklong course about different ways of using technology in the classroom. One teacher said technology no longer scared her!

From left Rachael Curry, a Red Lion 7th grade teacher, Amanda Seitz, a Red Lion High School math teacher, and Ann Johnston, the instructional technology specialist for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, talk during an explore session during a weeklong program called Tech It U that teaches teachers about using technology in the classroom . File photo by Kate Penn.

New year, new haircut: The York City School District arranged an event called “Bearcat Barbers” before the first day of school. Local barbers offered free haircuts for students in the pool lobby at William Penn Senior High School.

Steven Reid, 18, a senior at William Penn, uses a shaver on Da'vire Wood, age 5. File photo by Paul Kuehnel.


About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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