2012-12-12 / Local & State

Bakner Named Outstanding Teacher


Pictured, left: Mark Loucks, superintendent; Paul Swope, elementary principal; Sharon Bakner, fourth-grade teacher; and Martin Bakner, Sharon’s husband. Pictured, left: Mark Loucks, superintendent; Paul Swope, elementary principal; Sharon Bakner, fourth-grade teacher; and Martin Bakner, Sharon’s husband. At the 26th Annual Outstanding Teacher Luncheon on November 14, 2012, Dr. Michael Thew, executive director of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12, and chair of the Selection Committee, 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. Dr. Thew congratulated the teachers on their selection and praised the administrators and staff for their ongoing support of effective teaching.

Forty- six teachers from the 11 county area of southcentral Pennsylvania, including Sharon Bakner from Forbes Road Elementary, were recognized for her achievements as a fourth-grade teacher. Bakner resides in Everett with her husband, Martin. She is in her fourth year of teaching fourth grade for the district. During her time at Forbes Road she has become known for her abilities for integrating technology into the classroom as well as engaging students in hands-on learning opportunities. In addition to her accomplishments in the classroom, she recently earned her master’s degree in education from Saint Francis University.

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

More than 165 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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