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Cedar Crest College Presents Howard L. Klopp Exemplary Teacher Award to Parkland High Educator

The Cedar Crest College Education Department has selected Amber McQuillan, M.Ed.—an English teacher at Parkland High School in Parkland School District—as the recipient of the 2009 Howard L. Klopp Exemplary Teacher Award. Nancy King, Ed.D., education department chair, as well as Jill Purdy, Ed.D., and MaryBeth O’Connell, M.Ed., assistant professors of education, were at the high school to make the award presentation on November 17.

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. Criteria for the Klopp Teacher Award include 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.

Assistant Principal Jane Barthold, M.S., wrote in nominating McQuillan for the Klopp Award: “In every way Amber is devoted to students in the classroom, on the playing fields, or in service to the community.  She brings enthusiasm, energy, creativity, and caring to every class.”

(From left) Nancy King, Amber McQuillan, Jill Purdy, MaryBeth O'Connell and Jane Barthold during the presentation of the Howard L. Klopp Exemplary Teacher on October 17. McQuillan won for her efforts teaching English at Parkland High School.