For their outstanding service to the students of the Glen Mills Schools, Tony Colletti, Graham Desmond, James Mansi, Art Sandora, Alex Shoemaker, and Brian Smothers were recognized at the Educational Awards Ceremony on June 28th for earning Teacher of the Year awards.
Colletti earned the Community Management Services Teacher of the Year Award. A Lycoming College graduate, Colletti joined the Glen Mills team in 1996. Some of his job responsibilities include assisting discharged students with building resumes, applying for jobs, and continuing to move their lives in a positive direction.
Gettysburg College graduate Graham Desmond is the Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year. While preparing students for the working world in many fields, Desmond assists students as they earn important CPR and OSHA certifications. These certifications make them more marketable to prospective employers. Desmond has also been a soccer and golf coach here at Glen Mills.
Russ Johnson, meanwhile, received Specialized Education Teacher of the Year recognition. An excellent Resource Room teacher, Johnson excels in one-on-one instruction. He facilitates the Resource Room Reading Contest and is the proud father of three and grandfather of eight.
Mansi is the Apprentice Program Teacher of the Year. He began his career at the Glen Mills Schools in 2004 and passionately teaches his students on the job painting skills.
Sandora, a Delaware Valley College graduate, earned Alternative Education Teacher of the Year honors. Excellent at providing quality classroom instruction, Sandora also has coached wrestling and volleyball during his Glen Mills career.
A.M. Teacher of the Year honors were earned by Tyler 5 staff member Alex Shoemaker. She is a Neumann College graduate. Her students rely on her for excellent instruction in all subjects.
Smothers is the PM Teacher of the Year. A 2016 Wesley College graduate and proud Glen Mills alum, he began his career here as a night counselor and now helps tutor and counsels students in the unit during evening classes. A worthy role model, Smothers’ dedication and enthusiasm are well received by the students.
Congratulations to all!