Michael Novrocki, Social Studies teacher and National History Day Coordinator at Lake-Lehman High School, recently received the Centennial Medal Award for Excellence in Education from Philadelphia University. The award is presented to educators for their dedication in preparing their students for college.
Novrocki received the award at Philadelphia University's Academic Convocation held recently at the beginning of the academic year.
Award recipients are nominated by former students entering Philadelphia University's freshman class, who believe the educator they nominate had a special and distinct positive impact on their high school career.
Novrocki was nominated by Lake-Lehman graduate Sean Fertal, a member of the Lake-Lehman High School Class of 2012 and a freshman at Philadelphia University. Fertal's essay nominating Novrocki for the award was one of four selected by the university out of 600 received from members of this year's incoming freshman class.
At the award ceremony, Fertal read portions of his nominating essay, after which Novrocki was presented with the Centennial Medal Award from Philadelphia University President Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D.
Novrocki has been a member of the Social Studies Department at Lake-Lehman High School for the past 10 years. Prior to that, he had been a member of the Social Studies Department at Abington Heights High School.