Monday, October 28, 2019

Citadel Heart of Learning Kicks Off

EXTON, PA, October 1, 2019 — The 19th annual Citadel Heart of Learning Award program has kicked off, and Citadel is officially accepting nominations. Nominations for the teacher award program will be accepted through December 31, 2019, and can be submitted at

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award was created in 2001 by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). Any person who teaches at a public or private school in Chester County is eligible to win. Every year, Citadel receives thousands of heartfelt nominations sent from students, parents, and community members for teachers who are making a true difference in their students’ lives. Last year, more than 2,300 teachers were nominated. To date, over $216,000 has been given to local educators, and over 270 teachers have been honored with the award.

In addition to the nomination period being open, Citadel has announced that Dr. George Fiore, the new Executive Director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit, will serve as co-chair along with Michael Schnably, Citadel Senior Vice President.

“In so many ways, teachers are unsung superheroes, and Citadel is proud to give them the honor they deserve,” said Michael Schnably, senior vice president, Citadel.  “We are thrilled to have the Chester County Intermediate Unit as our partner to celebrate the deserving educators in this community.”

Each year, 15 finalists are selected from the nominations; one finalist from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one from the Chester County Intermediate Unit, and one from a Chester County non-public school, which includes charter and home schools.  All finalists receive $500 to use in their classroom and are honored at the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards banquet in early May. Three winners are selected from the 15 finalists — one high school, one middle school, and one elementary school teacher — and each receives an additional $1,500 to use in their classroom. Mrs. Amanda DiPasqua from East Vincent Elementary was selected as the 2019 Owen J. Roberts School District finalist for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award.

Schools with Heart
In addition to the teaching excellence award, the top three schools that submit the most nominations receive the “Schools with Heart” award from Citadel. Schools with Heart awards three cash prizes – first place, $1500; second place, $750; and third place, $500 – for the schools to support assemblies or events.

For more information, nomination rules, and to submit teacher nominations, visit

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