Parkland High School Teacher Honored with Howard L. Klopp Exemplary Teacher Award
Parkland High School Biology teacher, Laura Kowalski, is the recipient of the 2013 Howard L. Klopp Award. The education department at Cedar Crest College presents this annual award to recognize excellence in teaching.
Ms. Kowalski has taught at Parkland High School since 2006. Faculty members from Cedar Crest’s education department presented the award to Ms. Kowalski at the high school on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Ms. Kowalski was nominated by Parkland High School Assistant Principal, Ms. Tamara Stavenski-Bennick. In the letter of nomination, Ms. Stavenski-Bennick states: “When our high school’s administrative team reviewed the list of qualities that made Dr. Klopp beloved and respected as a teacher, Laura immediately came to mind, for she is truly committed to doing what’s in the best interest of our students, staff, and the entire school community.”
Ms. Kowalski exhibits all of the qualities that meet the selection criteria for the Exemplary Teacher Award: a devotion to quality in education; the ability to focus on each student's strengths; a commitment to helping students achieve their full potential; concern for the students that extends beyond the classroom; outstanding service to school and community, and dedication to helping colleagues and advancing the profession.
Ms. Kowalski earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Maine and her M.S. in 21st Century Teaching and Learning from Wilkes University. At Parkland, Ms. Kowalski teaches AP Biology, Honors Biology, CP Biology, Zoology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Ecology.
The Exemplary Teacher Award is named for Howard L. Klopp, a former education professor and chair of the education department at Cedar Crest College. This award is presented during American Education Week to honor Dr. Klopp. The purpose of the award is to focus attention on the outstanding teaching that is taking place in elementary, middle and secondary schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties. School administrators, teachers, students, or parents are encouraged to nominate an outstanding teacher who represents excellence in the teaching profession.