First Posted: 12/8/2014

The Misericordia University Teacher Education Department recently honored educators from Pittston Area, Greater Nanticoke Area and Dallas school districts, Hildebrandt Learning Centers, Holy Redeemer High School and Misericordia University for their excellence in education at a reception that was held to celebrate American Education Week.

Four teachers were presented Excellence in Teaching awards and recognized for their inspirational work in the classroom.

Those honored include Lynne Kosak, a second-grade teacher at Wycallis Elementary School, Dallas School District; Andrea Grilz, a teacher in the Nanticoke Area Middle School; Ann Manganiello, a music teacher at Holy Redeemer High School; and Molly Vitale, associate professor of teacher education at Misericordia University.

The Outstanding Early Childhood Educator Award for excellence in early childhood education was posthumously awarded to Leanne Grace, of Shickshinny. Prior to her death in June 2014, Grace was director of professional development at Hildebrandt Learning Centers, where she trained new teachers and helped open new centers for the child development company.

The Guardian Angel Award was given to Dawn Licata, an administrative assistant in the Pittston Area School District. Licata was honored for her efforts to help place Misericordia University students in student teaching assignments throughout the district.

In her nomination of Kosak, Misericordia University teacher education student Jessica Reuther, of Scranton, cited her for providing an upbeat and positive environment for the students in her classroom. “

In her nomination of Manganiello, Misericordia University teacher education student Rachael Coassolo, of Laflin, recognized her high school chorus teacher as a person who had a positive influence on her life and still provides encouragement to this day.

Misericordia University teacher education student Alexandra Graham, of Morristown, N.J., nominated Grilz for being very helpful throughout her field placement in an autistic classroom at the Nanticoke Middle School. “

Misericordia University teacher education student Elizabeth Klee, of Shillington, cited Dr. Vitale as a faculty member who is willing to go the extra mile to help her students succeed.

Patricia McCann, RSM, Ed.D., professor emeritus of teacher education at Misericordia University, served as coordinator of the event.

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