Educators & School Staff Honored by Chamber

Local educators and school staff were recognized this week at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce annual members meeting.

Awards were presented to the Montgomery County Schools Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year for 2012-13.

The Teacher of the Year is Jennifer Pieczyski, a seventh-grade Social Studies teacher at East Middle School. Incoming Chamber president and Montgomery County Schools communications director Lindsay Whitley made the presentation recognizing Pieczyski.

Whitley said, “Before deciding to teach, Mrs. Pieczyski had the opportunity to work for a Fortune 500 company and was offered the opportunity of a lifetime to open a branch in Switzerland. However, she decided to pursue a career in teaching because she wanted to make the world a better place.”

The Principal of the Year is Anne McLean, a 28-year veteran educator who has been a teacher, curriculum specialist, and assistant principal, and is now the principal at Page Street Elementary School in Troy. In a statement released earlier, schools Superintendent Dr. Dale Ellis called McLean “a top-notch instructional leader who knows how to lead the process of raising student achievement.”

Also honored this week were one member each from the faculty and staff of Montgomery Community College (MCC). The award honorees are selected annually by their peers.

The recipient of the MCC Excellence in Teaching Award is Rev. Glenn Hancock, and he was recognized by MCC President Dr. Mary Kirk.

“Mr. Glenn Hancock has been with us with 1995, teaching religion at the college,” said Kirk. “Our students love him. He’s always calm, nothing ever frazzles him.”

In receiving the award, Hancock said, “One of the happiest moments in my life was when I was given the opportunity to teach part-time at the community college. I was pastoring full-time. Over time, that was flip-flopped. I’m able to teach full-time now, and I’m pastoring part-time. I love teaching, I love students.”

The MCC Staff Member of the Year is Betty Curlee, part of the college’s housekeeping staff since 2003.

The Chamber of Commerce meeting was held Tuesday, February 5, at the James Garner Center in Troy.

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