2010-12-09 / Local & State

Testerman Named Outstanding Teacher

Pictured left are Mrs. Testerman and Dwayne Northcraft. Pictured left are Mrs. Testerman and Dwayne Northcraft. At the 24th annual Outstanding Teacher Luncheon on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, Dr. James R. Johnson, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, cited the “critical need for teachers of the highest quality to assure that our students are educationally and economically competitive in a global economy.” The most important component in a student’s success is the quality and experience of the classroom teacher.

Thirty-three teachers from the 11-county area of south-central Pennsylvania, including Marilyn Testerman from the Central Fulton School District, were recognized.

The teachers were selected for their commitment to ongoing professional development, for utilizing innovative practices in the classroom, for serving in leadership roles in their schools and for their commitment to community service.

Superintendent Dwayne Northcraft added that “Mrs. Testerman epitomizes the true professional educator. She designs quality, applicable lessons and adapts her instructional methods so that all students grow academically. For the past two years, her students have reached nearly 100 percent proficiency on state assessments. Mrs. Testerman’s ability to help students connect with every lesson significantly impacts the teaching learning process. I thank Marilyn for her countless hours of hard work in ensuring our students experience success.” Mrs. Testerman teaches mathematics at Mc- Connellsburg Middle School.

More than 135 teachers and administrators, university faculty and family members attended the event and joined in the celebration of the teachers’ outstanding commitment to teaching. The annual event is sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council, a professional development partnership between public school districts and the University, which supports school system leaders in improving the instructional experience.

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