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Slater Standouts of the Month

Mr. Scott Mousley

October 2020

Head Custodian

Bangor Area High School

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Mr. Scott Mousley, head custodian at Bangor Area High School, always goes above and beyond in his job performance. He meets everyone with a hello, routinely checks with staff to ensure that everything is ok, and reaches out to see what he can do to improve our high school for students and staff. He takes his job seriously. This past summer was unique and provided many obstacles prior to the building’s re-opening; Scott was adamant in making sure everything was ready for the faculty and students to come back into a safe environment. He accomplished that with ease.  

Being the head custodian of the biggest school in the district along with taking care of the Central Office is a tremendous task. Scott does so with the utmost professionalism and a work ethic that is difficult to replicate. He is a model Slater Standout and we are proud to have him in our school district.

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Mrs. Lisa Dente

October 2020

Support

Five Points Elementary

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Mrs. Dente, teacher at 5 Points Elementary, is 100% dedicated to making the school experience meaningful and valuable to both the children we teach and their parents who are teaching at home. Her energy is boundless and her effort to "get it right" is always at the forefront of her work. Mrs. Dente never stops working! While being totally dedicated to her family, she also never stops thinking of her students.  

She also demonstrates a positive and welcoming attitude that fosters a learning environment that emphasizes "excellence today, success tomorrow.” Instructionally, Lisa makes learning fun. She always has a smile on her face and shows genuine interest in children of all backgrounds. She sets the bar high for her students and expertly guides them to "excellence today."  She is one of those rare educators who has the perfect balance of professional and personal care for her students and for that matter, for her co-workers, as well! 

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Michele Possinger

September 2020

District Instructional Coach

Elementary Buildings

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With a positive and welcoming attitude, Mrs. Michele Possinger, instructional coach, consistently demonstrates excellence by co-facilitating grade-level meetings, focus meetings, and staff meetings multiple times a month. She provides training to support staff and creates materials for teachers, strives to provide professional development that will enable staff to teach to the highest level possible, and directly contributes to our students’ success. Additionally, Mrs. Possinger makes herself available well beyond the school day’s hours, often answering emails and phone messages late into the evening and throughout the weekend. She is the model team player in all ways. She takes on tasks to help others and is always available for support in and out of the classrooms.  Within the classroom setting, she willingly sits in on numerous lessons and provides teachers with coaching that helps them reach their students with a variety of instructional strategies and methods. She also participates in and leads professional trainings outside of school, including during the summer PA literacy conference. This speaks of her passion for learning so that she is aware of the most recent research-proven methods that will benefit our students.  

Mrs. Possinger is the epitome of a Slater Standout. We could write a book providing many more examples to the descriptors above of how she separates herself from others. She is 100% invested in her job because of our students. Everything she does is kid-centered and supportive of our teaching staff. 

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Mary Kay Ratzman

September 2020

Paraprofessional

BAHS 

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Mrs. Mary Kay Ratzman is an amazing paraeducator in our district who applies every suggestion and strategy to assist the students she supports. She creates classroom materials during her personal time to help our students better understand difficult learning concepts, exhibits patience, kindness, consistency, creativity, and compassion, and is a tremendous asset to our district. Mrs. Ratzman has an upbeat and positive attitude that propels her to go above and beyond on a daily basis. She always sees a student’s potential, not their limitations, and fully invests herself in her job.  Mrs. Ratzman is truly a valuable member of our Slater staff and we are happy to recognize her as a Slater Standout for September 2020.

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Erica Davidson

May 2020

Music Teacher

BAMS

Mrs. Erica Davidson has been with the district for 7 years as a General Music, Marching Band, Chorus, Jazz Band, Instrumental and Band teacher at De Franco and the middle school.  She is very successful in helping students learn to play music.  As a result, Band concerts are an engaging experience.  She also supports the middle school musical by playing in the pit orchestra. Mrs. Davidson also takes teaching a step further by encouraging students to become independent and critical learners.  Her enthusiasm is obvious to everyone who works with her.  Students are happy to be in her class and often seek her out as a role model.  The dedication and hard work she  are obvious in the talents of her students long after they leave the middle school.

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Anita Howshall

May 2020

Head Cook

BAHS 

Mrs. Anita Howshall has worked in the district for 13 years, serving as the high school’s head cook for 7 of those years. On a typical day, Mrs. Howshall is responsible for serving food to upwards of 1,000 staff members and students as the high school is the district’s largest building. While doing so, she is consistent in greeting our students and staff with a smile and pleasant demeanor. Beyond the school day, she continues to go above and beyond as she helps set up for after-school events, meetings, and functions for our students as well as staff and administration. Most recently, she has continued to serve students in our district via curbside pick-up and continues to do so with the same positive attitude that makes her this month’s Slater Standout.

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Theresa Camilletti

March 2020

HS Secretary 

BAHS

Mrs. Camilletti is in her 27th year working for the Bangor Area School District. As the attendance secretary at the high school, Mrs. Camilletti is always willing to help staff with any questions they have and takes on extra tasks that are asked of her. She greets all late students and visitors of the school with a warm smile and has a genuine interest and concern for anything they need. Her positive attitude is contagions as she greets students by first name and with a smile. Furthermore, you can often hear students, staff, and parents praise her for her hard work and friendliness. She will always give everything she can to the task at hand and won’t leave for the day unless it’s done. 

Mrs. Camilletti genuinely cares for the people in this school district and it shows in her dedication every day. It is with great pleasure that we recognize her as “Slater Standout of the Month.”

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Amanda Borger & Heather Lilly

March 2020

1st grade teachers 

5 Points Elementary 

Starting last year, Mrs. Borger and Mrs. Lilly began the process of learning and implementing reading instructional routines.  During last school year, they attended trainings and began implementing the ECRI (Enhanced Core Reading Instruction) routines in their classrooms.  Throughout the summer, they worked to develop trainings for all kindergarten through second grade teachers focused on the ECRI routines.  During a variety of Act 80 days, Mrs. Borger and Mrs. Lilly worked with teachers to learn the ECRI routines which are now utilized in every kindergarten through second grade classroom.  Mrs. Borger and Mrs. Lilly embraced this leadership opportunity and closely worked with the teachers to assist them in learning and mastering these routines.  

As a result of their hard work and leadership, the delivery of core reading instruction across all kindergarten through second grade classrooms has become more consistent and grounded in the science of reading.  Mrs. Borger and Mrs. Lilly encouraged their colleagues to learn these new routines through their provided trainings, modeling in the classroom, and answering questions as needed.  Mrs. Borger and Mrs. Lilly are two excellent examples of teacher leaders!  It is this type of teacher leadership that will help students and teachers achieve high levels of success.  Mrs. Borger and Mrs. Lilly are both commended for their commitment to ensuring every student learns how to read.

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Toni Bush

February 2020

7th grade Social Studies Teacher

BAMS

Mrs. Toni Bush has taught in the district for  20 years teaching middle school Social Studies.  She celebrates the cultures of the world repeatedly through celebrations and food festivals in her classroom.  Students participate in on-going world research to enhance their understanding of the world they live in.  She is an integral part of a successful team at the middle school.  Her love of Social Studies extends beyond the classroom to the Student Government Association.  Toni leads students in an understanding of how our government works and assists them with a school-wide election of officers.  Students learn leadership through their experiences in the Student Government Association. Outside of school, Mrs. Bush coaches lacrosse at Pleasant Valley High School. Mrs. Bush is an excellent example of a teacher that goes above and beyond.

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Kathy Krauss

February 2020

Paraprofessional

BAHS 

Mrs. Kathy Krauss has worked in the district for 23 years. She is always very willing to help, remains loyal to the district and community, and is always positive in her interactions with students and staff. In her work with students, she is eager to help them succeed. Because of this, students love her. In fact, Mrs. Krauss has built such a positive rapport with students over the years that she keeps in touch with many of them and is able to update staff on how well they are doing years after they have graduated from Bangor Area High School.

 Throughout her many years at Bangor, Mrs. Krauss has shown a certain level of unmatched kindness that deserves recognition. She has worked with many different students over the years with varying degrees of needs, consistently finding ways to connect with them and help them achieve their full potential. Mrs. Krauss’s colleagues feel that she absolutely deserves the recognition of “Slater Standout of the Month” and remain grateful for everything she has done and continues to do for the Bangor students, staff, and community.  

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Steve Villiano

January 2020

Custodian

Washington 

Mr. Steve Villiano has worked in the district for 17 years. For the past 10 years, Steve has been the head custodian at Washington Elementary. Steve is efficient, gets to everything immediately, and has a work ethic that suggests “nothing is impossible.” When the third and fourth grade teams merged into one building this school year, he made sure that the teachers had everything they needed. One example of this is when there were no desks or bookshelves in one of the classrooms, and a second teacher was looking for a filing cabinet. Mr. Villiano provided these items almost immediately. He does his job with a smile on his face, a kind word for everyone, and a positive, cheerful attitude. Most importantly, the students know and love him. Mr. Villiano goes above and beyond his daily duties and exemplifies the meaning of a Slater Standout recipient. 

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Amy Gravel

January 2020

Kindergarten Teacher

5 Points

Mrs. Amy Gravel is a kindergarten teacher at Five Points. Mrs. Gravel began her career at Bangor in 2003. Mrs. Gravel’s career is truly a model for others. Mrs. Gravel demonstrates great dedication tirelessly working to ensure that all of her kindergarten students reach the highest possible level of success. The learning data of her students consistently demonstrates her ability to get her students to reach and exceed grade level standards. Mrs. Gravel never gives up on a student and this is seen in her remarkable ability to help her students achieve success. Beyond helping her students academically succeed, Mrs. Gravel also works with students to help them develop the social and emotional skills necessary for success in kindergarten and beyond. Mrs. Gravel truly takes a whole learner approach when working with her students. Mrs. Gravel is an incredibly hardworking and knowledgeable educator. Her leadership is quiet but steady. She is always willing to assist a colleague, share resources, or work with a student to help them make progress. She is the first to volunteer to check-in a student in the morning and review their day with them at the end of the day. Often these are not Mrs. Gravel’s direct students, but students from throughout the building who need extra guidance and support. Mrs. Gravel has formally served as the grade level curriculum leader and she served in this role with a high level of dedication. Whether with the formal title of leader or not, Mrs. Gravel embodies all that a leader should. She has a clear understanding of what kindergarten students need to learn both in kindergarten and for success beyond kindergarten. Mrs. Gravel goes above and beyond to ensure that all kindergarten students master these skills. Mrs. Gravel has provided a great amount of leadership in the refining of our kindergarten program to help over 95% of students consistently end their kindergarten year on grade level! Mrs. Gravel is the utmost professional. Although she is too modest to admit it, Mrs. Gravel has so much professional work of which to be proud. Five Points is so lucky to have her on staff and all of our students and teachers benefit from her leadership, knowledge, dedication, and kindness.

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Lydia Menio

November 2019

Spanish Teacher

BAHS

Mrs. Lydia Menio has worked in our district for 18 years as a Spanish Teacher in the Bangor Area SD. She is the acting supervisor to Spanish Honor Society and was a member of the technology committee that helped implement iPads into our high school. Her peers value how she always has something for her department for the monthly newsletter, consider her to be well-read, and state that she is constantly helpful to teachers from other departments regarding theory and practice of education. Moreover, she organizes and includes herself in formal and informal events including operation graduation wherein she has helped tremendously with this very popular program for our Seniors on the night of graduation. Mrs. Menio also goes out of her way to help students, staff, and administrators in any way that she can. Finally, she does not ask for reciprocation. 

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Devin Labar

November 2019

Custodian

BAHS

Mr. Devin Labar has worked in the district for 11 years. His peers value how he volunteers to complete extra duties. For instance, he has stayed after scheduled hours on multiple occasions to support school events such as celebrating a school championship to ensure a quality event for our students. This is just one of the many ways he goes above and beyond his job responsibilities. He has also acted as head custodian in multiple buildings when needed—he volunteers himself to do this. Finally, Mr. Labar presents a positive attitude when coming to work even amid obstacles and is a positive, helpful team player that the district appreciates and values.