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Carlos Montes, Spanish Teacher at Orefield Middle School, Receives the 2005 Howard Klopp Award for Exemplary Teaching

Allentown, PA (November 17, 2005) – Carlos Montes, an 8th grade Spanish teacher at Orefield Middle School, is this year’s recipient of the Howard L. Klopp Exemplary Teacher Award. Mr. Montes received the award during a ceremony at Orefield Middle School on November 11, 2005.

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 principal of Orefield Middle School nominated Mr. Montes for this prestigious honor. “Mr. Montes' exemplary accomplishments are above and beyond the expectations of anyone in his profession," says Victoria Hersh, principal of Orefield Middle School. "He possesses a strong work ethic, believes in student success and is a positive role model for the students and teachers at our school."

During his time at the school, Mr. Montes has demonstrated his leadership in education in various ways. He serves as Team Leader for the world language teachers and works with the content teams in a cooperative fashion. He also serves as a liaison between teachers and the school administrators. "Mr. Montes has solid judgment and high student expectations," says Hersh. "He has been essential in the establishment of a positive school climate and his communication with students, parents and staff is admirable."

Over the years, Mr. Montes has developed a truly exceptional academic project that has come to be something the students at the school look forward to completing in his class. Every year, each of his students publishes a book written in Spanish for young children. "Students are able to create and develop their own project with pride and knowledge. It is truly one of the best examples of student success exemplifying creative assessment and application of knowledge."

Mr. Montes also extends his commitment to his students beyond the classroom. As a wrestling coach for the past six years he has served the youth for countless hours to develop the wrestling program and help individual athletes become better people. He additionally volunteers to help coach the elementary wrestling program, teach at camps, oversee the off-season training program and serve as the link between the middle school program and the Parkland Boosters Club.

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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