District Employees, Alumni Honored at 43rd Annual Board Recognition Banquet

Recognition Banquet 2017 Class Picture

Among the 2017 honorees were (row 1): Roy Gerlach, Teddi Book, Denise Calhoun, and
Rosemary Kinert (row 2:) Linda McCullough, Linda Young, Jeanne Hoffard, Tim Wilson, Jack Poplar, Bernadette Kelly, and Todd Garber

Each year, the Lampeter-Strasburg Board of School Directors honors employees with 25 years of service, retirees, and the Distinguished Alumni and Teacher of the Year award winners. The 43rd annual Board Recognition Banquet took place at Martin Meylin Middle School on Friday, May 12, 2017. Attendees enjoyed dinner prepared by the food service staff and served by Pioneer Interact Club members. The Martin Meylin Chamber Strings ensemble provided entertainment. The following individuals received recognition:



Five Lampeter-Strasburg employees will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

  • Jeffrey Hudson - social studies teacher at Lampeter-Strasburg High School
  • Bernadette Kelly - sixth grade language arts and science teacher at Martin Meylin Middle School
  • Rosemary Kinert - special education assistant at Lampeter-Strasburg High School
  • Judy Rineer - assistant group supervisor for L-S School Age Child Care (SACC)
  • Mary Ann Virgil - assistant group supervisor for L-S School Age Child Care (SACC)

25 Years of Service

Fourteen employees have completed or are prepared to begin their 25th year with the District at the end of the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Denise Calhoun – fifth grade teacher at Hans Herr Elementary School
  • Jo Carole Dodson – third grade teacher at Hans Herr Elementary School
  • Todd Garber – technology education teacher at Lampeter-Strasburg High School
  • Roy Gerlach – grounds crew for L-S Maintenance Department
  • Rosemary Hess – custodian at Hans Herr Elementary School
  • Jeanne Hoffard – administrative assistant to the superintendent and School Board secretary
  • Bernadette Kelly – sixth grade team teacher at Martin Meylin Middle School
  • Connie Kruppenbach – second grade teacher at Lampeter Elementary School
  • Marc Maly – fourth grade teacher at Hans Herr Elementary School
  • Linda McCullough – director of the L-S School Aged Child Care (SACC) program
  • Gary Schreckengost – eighth grade social studies teacher at Martin Meylin Middle School
  • Linda Wettig – custodian at Hans Herr Elementary School
  • Timothy Wilson – custodian at Hans Herr Elementary School
  • Linda Young, Ed.D. – district reading coordinator and program specialist

Distinguished Alumni Award - Jack Poplar, MRA, CRC, LPC (Class of 1973)

Poplar Recognition 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award - Jack Poplar MRA CRC LPC (Class of 1973)

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni award winner is Jack Poplar from the Class of 1973. Poplar is the president and CEO of Acadia, a community-integrated neuro-rehabilitation program that serves individuals with acquired brain injuries. He was previously employed as Acadia’s clinical director for 24 years and as Goodwill Industries rehabilitation director for eight years. Poplar advocates for individuals with disabilities as a member of numerous boards and committees and steers public policy by working with state and federal legislators. He is a distinguished recipient of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania’s Leadership Award and LNP’s Red Rose Award and spearheaded Operation Helmet, a campaign to provide soldiers with safer helmets.

Poplar is also an avid cyclist and continues to advocate for people with disabilities in the cycling world. He is a founder of the Grandview Grand Prix, a popular Lancaster cycling event that includes a category for handcyclers, allowing wheelchair-bound athletes to participate. A veteran U.S.A cycling official, he was selected to represent the U.S. at the World Special Olympics. Additionally, he takes time to volunteer at community events like the Relay for Life and serves his local community as a School Board member and parish council president at St. Anne’s in Lancaster.

Accepting the Distinguished Alumni Award, Poplar credited teachers at L-S for helping him to find the motivation and self-confidence to accomplish his goals in life. He specifically mentioned Dr. Robert Frick, the District’s former superintendent, and former teacher Barry Decker, his high school track and cross-country coach. Poplar distilled his philosophy of life to three points: be passionate about what you do, try your best, and do the right thing. He concluded his remarks by telling the story of cyclist Gino Bartali, who saved hundreds of lives during World War II. Bartali is quoted as saying “Good is something you do, not something you talk about.”

Photo: Jack Poplar (center) with his family and nominator Barry Decker and Joan Decker (right)

Teacher of the Year - Teddi Book, RN

Book and nurses 2017 Teacher of the Year - Teddi Book RN

The 2017 Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Teddi Book, Lampeter-Strasburg High School’s nurse. Book was an unorthodox choice for the award because she is not a classroom teacher, but instead imparts knowledge from the nurse’s suite. Book, who has been with the District for 23 years, celebrated both her 40th wedding anniversary and 40 years in nursing this month. Before coming to L-S, she worked as an intensive care nurse, a pediatric nurse, and a VA nurse.

Book is the only nurse in a building that serves approximately 1,050 students and 150 adults. She sees between 50 and 80 people a day for a variety of maladies. In addition to her responsibilities as a school nurse, she oversees the nurses at the other schools, facilitates the District’s wellness committee and health-related programs, manages random drug testing at the High School, and advises the Future Nurses Club.

In his opening remarks, High School principal Dr. Benjamin Feeney described Book as the “school mom” and shared quotes from students who she has helped through the years. In her own remarks, Book explained that being a school nurse is like being on an island alone. There are no other medical professionals in the building with whom to confer. School nurses are required to have the skills of a medical nurse, a psychiatric nurse, a trauma nurse, an orthopedic nurse, an OB-GYN nurse, and an oncology nurse rolled into one. School nurses also have the tremendous opportunity to serve as a safe place for students who may not have one at home.

It was fitting that May 12 was Florence Nightingale’s birthday and the banquet took place during National Nurses’ Week, a time to recognize the contributions of the profession. The newest L-S Teacher of the Year is determined to raise awareness about nurses as the hearts of their schools.

Photo: Teddi Book (center) and the L-S school nurses: Sarah Stuart, Donna Bitler, Mary Vestermark, and Deborah Lindsley

Congratulations to all who were recognized!

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