Each year, the Shippensburg University Study Council names outstanding teachers, and a number of York County teachers are always on the list.
Here are the York County teachers named 2012-13 Outstanding Teachers by the Study Council. Some districts had submitted additional information about their teachers, so it is included if available.
- Eric Sweitzer, Central York – Sweitzer is an eighth-grade algebra teacher at Central York Middle School, according to the district’s weekly newsletter.
- Sara Myers and Barbara Jarrett, Hanover Public
- Christine Snellman, Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12, placed in the Red LionArea School District
- Michael Barber and Kara Sweger, Northern York County – Barber is a seventh-grade English teacher and Sweger is a first-grade teacher, according to the district.
- Tina Funke, Red Lion Area
- Susan Barnhart and Andrew Warren, Southern York County
- Jana Bonds and Jennifer Wilson, South Western
- Katrina Kineer, Spring Grove Area – Kineer, a high school language teacher, advises the Future Educators Club, organized an ESL homework club at Spring Grove Elementary School and is co-advisor of the Peer Mentoring Club, according to a news release
- Melissa Lamparter and Tammy Higgins, West York Area – Higgins, a language arts teacher in the district for 18 years, serves as instructional leader in her department, seventh-grade team leader. She co-authored supplemental curriculum for literacy interventions, supervised the school literary magazine and newspaper clubs, and created school-wide evening literacy programs, according to a district news release. Lampeter, who started 17 years ago as an elementary teacher and is now a reading specialist, helped create a summer reading incentive program, has led several academic initiatives including data analysis with kindergarten and first-grade teachers, and has been involved in other district efforts, according to the release.
- Sandra Van Etten and Leona Gruver, West Shore – Gruver, a seventh-grade teacher at Crossroads Middle School, created lessons to extend her students learning, according to a news release. She prepared her students to engage in college-level activities while visiting Sea Camp in Big Pine Key, Fla., took honors students to help elementary students at the Red Mill Elementary Science Fair, and helped plan Medieval Day. Van Etten, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Lemoyne Middle School, has initiated many student-centered projects, including an outdoor classroom with four gardens, and a Greek Festival for seventh-graders, according to the release. She started the school newspaper and organized career day.