|Principal Rich Marchini; Citadel Director of Retail Fallon Maloney; Awardee, Mrs. Peg Tinder and Superintendent of Owen J. Roberts Schools Dr. Susan Lloyd|
On March 28, 2018, at Owen J. Roberts High School, Citadel representatives awarded High School teacher, Mrs. Peg Tinder, the Citadel Heart of Learning Finalist Award for Owen J. Roberts School District.
The Citadel Heart of Learning Award was developed by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit more than 15 years ago to recognize, reward, and thank the outstanding teachers we have in Chester County. The program has grown in such popularity that Citadel receives thousands of heartfelt nominations each year.
Mrs. Tinder has a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture (Delaware Valley University), Ed.M (Rutgers University), and Principal Certification (Alvernia University). She teaches a Dual Credit (Delaware Valley University) horticulture course at Owen J. Roberts High School which rotates through four major cycles allowing students access all four years without repeating content. The instruction is presented with a “hands on” approach, balancing theory with practical application, concentrating on the cross-curricular subjects of science, art, business, and mathematics. In this program, students learn the skills and information necessary to graduate with a solid, basic knowledge of horticultural topics including landscaping, floriculture, and greenhouse management. Related business practices, technology, plant materials, lab safety and mechanics are emphasized each year. Mrs. Tinder’s connections in the community give students ample opportunity for authentic learning that directly benefits our neighborhoods and parks.
Nominations for Mrs. Tinder described her as a teacher who could inspire students toward creativity and success in life. One nomination read, “Throughout high school, there was one teacher I stuck by... I am now known for my excellent, hard-working attitude…in a way, she became like a second mom to me….Thanks to her I pursued a career as a landscape architect.”
Another student said, “The skills I’ve learned in this class will continue to be with me for the rest of my life.”
Mrs. Tinder will receive a $500 award to purchase supplies or other items for her classroom. “This award was developed to recognize, reward, but mostly thank the outstanding teachers in Chester County,” said Fallon Maloney, Director of Retail, Citadel.
On May 8, finalists from all school districts in Chester County will gather at the banquet for final awards. Congratulations on this recognition, Mrs. Peg Tinder.