PASR gives awards to school personnel

RENOVO — The Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) Clinton County Chapter, Region 10 presented the 2016 Lauretta Woodson awards during the Keystone Central School Board meeting held Oct. 6.

The awards are presented annually and recognize one professional and one support professional in the school district, to positively acknowledge outstanding staff people in the local schools.

This year’s Professional Award was presented to Renovo Elementary/Bucktail Area High School Principal Betsy Jo Dickey, and the Para-Professional Award to Rhonda McGregor.

Dickey has spent 18 years with Keystone Central. She has held numerous positions, beginning as a Title 1 Math teacher at Renovo Elementary in 1992 and moving on to instructing a full-day Renovo kindergarten class for nine years. Always looking for new challenges, she became a Reading First literacy coach at McGhee, Woodward and Mill Hall elementary schools for three years. From 2006 to 2012 she served as an elementary principal in Bald Eagle Area School District, returning to Keystone Central in 2012 as an elementary principal at Woodward while assisting two days a week in Renovo. She has held her current position since 2014.

Dickey spends her days juggling the many responsibilities that include scheduling classes, data and faculty meetings, planning for and arranging multiple events, as well as doing teacher observations, and support staff evaluations, budget and attendance tracking. As a principal she enjoys working with students, parents and the community. As a public school educator she observes the  academic and social growth of the student body from kindergarten to senior year and beyond, always cheering their successful endeavors.

This past year she has shared the building responsibilities with Assistant Principal Tyler Barth.

In bestowing the award upon her, PASR noted she is the face of public education in the Renovo area.

McGregor, a support staff professional,was nominated by Martha Sykes and selected by PASR based on her attributes as a building assistant “capable of demonstrating her love and support of the many students who have benefited from her patience and capable instruction.”

She has been with KCSD for nine years, beginning as a building assistant at Bucktail, and is now employed as a Title 1 assistant at Renovo Elementary.

Her past responsibilities included assisting the Special Education Department and its learning support students with assessments and classroom work, while working in 7 to 12 classrooms. Throughout the years she has had the opportunity to work in multiple subject areas from reading, English, science and math to the Construction Trades vo-tech program.

What she enjoys most about public education, according to PASR, is getting to know the students, helping with the learning process and watching them progress and succeed. She said she loves coming into work each day because of her co-workers.

The Lauretta Woodson Award winners are selected for their exemplary contributions to public education and the students in their care.