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Lauretta Woodson Awards presented

by on May 31, 2018 12:44 PM

SPRING MILLS — Centre County Association of School Retirees’ education support chairman Lew Rodrick presented the group’s annual Lauretta Woodson Awards to Penns Valley Area School District staff members during the district’s May board of directors meeting.

The award is presented jointly by the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and its county affiliate, and consists of a plaque and medallion from the state along with a small monetary stipend provided by the local chapter. This year’s recipients were Robert Styers and Andrew Landis.

Styers is part of the maintenance staff and is responsible for grounds and athletic fields. Many people, both in and outside of the school community, have commented that Penns Valley has some of the best facilities and playing fields. Styers plays a huge part in making that happen, according to CCASR, and most importantly, goes to work every day with a positive supportive attitude ready to make the Penns Valley Area School District great for kids.

Landis is a technology education teacher at Penns Valley High School and is one of the advisers for the Technology Student Association.

The CCASR cited Landis' dedication, noting that due to him, Penns Valley has a comprehensive technology curriculum including computer-aided drafting, engineering, robotics, materials processing and media/audiovisual classes. Landis continually educates himself in technological advances so that his classes mimic industrial standards. Because of this, his students consistently excel at TSA local and state competitions and have hosted several TSA local events. Additionally, under Landis' supervision, Penns Valley students have won the Penn State-sponsored Sea, Air and Land Challenge. 

The Woodson Award is made possible by a bequest from Dr. Lauretta Woodson and is designed to recognize both professional and support staff at Pennsylvania’s public schools for their dedication and support of the students with whom they interact on a day-to-day basis. Woodson was a high school teacher in the Eddystone District, who later taught at Temple University.



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