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Mary Zeiner, English and Journalism Teacher at Parkland High School, Receives the 2004 Howard Klopp Award for Exemplary Teaching

Allentown, PA (November 12, 2004) - Mary Zeiner, an English and Journalism teacher at Parkland High School, is this year's recipient of the Howard L. Klopp Exemplary Teacher Award. Ms. Zeiner will receive the award during a ceremony at Parkland High School, located at 2700 North Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, at 3:00 p.m. on November 17, 2004.

The Klopp award is presented annually by Cedar Crest College to local educators who best exemplify a devotion to quality in education; the ability to focus on each student's strengths; a commitment to helping a student achieve 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.

The administrators of Parkland High School joined to nominate Ms. Zeiner for this prestigious honor. "Mary has taken a very active role in all aspects of Parkland High School, particularly in promoting the development of reading and writing skills," says Jane Barthold, assistant principal. "She has given of her time not only during school hours, but also on evenings and weekends, leading her students through tutoring, study groups and even school activities such as helping the National Honor Society build their Homecoming float."

During her time at Parkland, Ms. Zeiner's Advanced Placement English course has seen a record number of students take the AP Exam and her students have scored more fours and fives than in previous years. Ms. Zeiner also volunteered to teach a new course designed for ninth grade students who had not achieved proficiency ratings or who were underachieving and unmotivated for various reasons. She extensively researched and developed the curriculum for this class by attending the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Reading and Writing and enrolling in the Reading Apprenticeship program. Her dedication to seeking out appropriate content and her ability to work with parents to identify a student's particular needs has contributed to the eventual success of most of these students.

Zeiner is not just committed to helping her students. She has also become a popular instructor in the Parkland Professional Development Academy Program, where she has led numerous training and instructional programs for other teachers, particularly focused on helping teachers to help their students develop reading skills.

"Mary Zeiner lives her commitment to students and fellow teachers every day by sharing her knowledge and by helping them to improve themselves," says Barthold. "Her devotion to educating all students, helping her peers improve professionally and enriching student life in our community is unparalleled."

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.

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