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CEDAR CREST COLLEGE HONORS TEACHER AT GOVERNOR WOLF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Allentown, PA (December 2, 2008)—Susan Recine, a kindergarten teacher at Governor Wolf Elementary School in Bethlehem, is the recipient of the 2008 Howard L. Klopp Exemplary Teacher Award, presented annually by Cedar Crest College. Mary Beth O’Connell, co-chair of the education department at Cedar Crest, said Recine is very deserving of the recognition.
“Mrs. Recine exhibits all the qualities for the Howard Klopp Award. She is a teacher dedicated to helping each student achieve their full potential. It is obvious her concern and caring attitude extend beyond the classroom with her students and colleagues,” said O’Connell, who presented the award to Recine at Governor Wolf Elementary on November 20. “She is a team player and impacts her school and community with her involvement and accomplishments. She embodies many of the same qualities we try to instill in our Cedar Crest education students.”
Mary Beth O’Connell, education department co-chair at Cedar Crest
College, presents Governor Wolf Elementary School teacher Susan Recine
with the Howard L. Klopp Exemplary Teacher Award
Recine—a kindergarten teacher for all of her 26 years in the classroom—was nominated by her school’s principal, Jodi Sponchiado, who provided a glowing endorsement.
“Mrs. Recine is one of those special people who love to teach kindergarten students. Not all elementary teachers have the passion for this age level,” said Sponchiado. “Mrs. Recine is a respected teacher in our school and community. She positively impacts people on a regular basis in many ways. I would take a school full of Mrs. Recines any day.”
Sponchiado said the kindergarten teacher is more than willing to mentor teachers entering the profession. Recine also volunteers her time in the summer to participate in the annual “Kindergarten Play Date” program, an orientation for entering kindergartners and their parents, and taught her kindergarten class to sing “You Are My Sunshine” in sign language to promote friendship among all students, including those who are autistic and hearing impaired.
Recine was honored to receive the Klopp Award.
“I was thrilled. I knew that I was nominated, but I just never thought it would be me. When I saw my family was there, I was shaking. My mom cried—she couldn’t believe it. I come from a whole family of teachers,” said Recine, who lives in Bethlehem and has taught in the Bethlehem Area School District since 1991. “I have only ever taught kindergarten. I love it, and I plan to do it for many more years.”
About the Howard Klopp Award
Dr. Klopp was a professor emeritus at Cedar Crest College, where he taught in the Cedar Crest College education department for 25 years before retiring in 1986. He passed away in November of 2002. Each year, Cedar Crest presents the Klopp Award during National Education Week to honor Dr. Klopp and to focus attention on the outstanding teaching taking place in elementary, middle and secondary schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Photo caption: (Left) Mary Beth O’Connell, education department co-chair at Cedar Crest College, presents Governor Wolf Elementary School teacher Susan Recine with the Howard L. Klopp Exemplary Teacher Award.