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Namedropper 11/6/2018

November 6, 2018
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Namedropper 11/6/2018

High notes

Scranton native Matthew Butler was named Teacher of the Year at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey.

Butler, who graduated from West Scranton High School in 2000 where he played football, wrestled and power-lifted, is the youngest person to receive the teacher of the year honor. He’s worked at the academy in New Jersey for the past 12 years.

Butler was also recently named Distinguished LaSallian Educator for the District of Eastern North America (Canada to Florida).

He graduated from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy/theology in 2005 and a master’s degree in theology in 2007.

Super students

Scranton Prep seniors Katherine Dzwonczyk and Daniel Zych were recognized as Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Katherine and Daniel were honored for their outstanding performance on the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test in 2017.

Super teachers

Local educators were among 25 Pennsylvania school teachers to receive $1,000 individual Empowering Educators grants from the PPL Foundation for programs promoting science, technology, engineering and math.

Sara Schmader, from the Scranton School District’s Lincoln Jackson Academy, will use the grant to supply the school with a robotics building system for all students; Sarah Davis, from the Mid Valley Secondary Center, will develop a hands-on fluid power class that will teach students how pneumatics produce power; Ann Marie Rogers, of St. Clare’s School in Scranton, will purchase equipment to build a weather station to allow elementary school students to learn about and explore weather; and Vito Pasone Jr., from the

Wilkes-Barre Area School District STEM Academy, will use the grant to provide supplies to the school’s environmental science students to test soil and water quality in the Susquehanna River basin.

Since the grant program’s inception in 2003, PPL and the foundation have awarded more than $230,000 to more than 165 teachers, according to the group.

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