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LVCF Honors Freedom High School Teacher Jennifer Cierech with a B.E.S.T Award

Allentown, Pa., June 15, 2017—The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation recently awarded The Anthony Ruggiero Award for Excellence in Teaching at the High School Level to Jennifer Cierech, a ninth-twelfth grade world languages teacher at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa.

LVCF Honors Freedom High School Teacher Jennifer Cierech Theodora with a B.E.S.T Award

Beall Fowler, chair of the Board of Governors at the ehigh Valley Community Foundation, made a surprise visit to Freedom High School on June 8, 2017 to present the award. He was joined by Principal Michael LaPorta, Jr. and fellow teachers who applauded Cierech as she received the award.

“Jennifer Cierech has served 18 years teaching Spanish at Freedom High School with passion and distinction,” Fowler noted. “Congratulations on being selected for this will-deserved honor.”
Fowler shared statements from her nomination form. “Jen is an amazing teacher who exhibits a student-first mindset.  Her commitment to education has spanned over a number of projects, events and improved student achievement. Jen is a very communicative and collaborative teacher. She is frequently found sharing ideas with colleagues, providing extra assistance to her students, and frequently communicates with her students' parents.”

“She exhibits a genuine niceness and unconditional commitment to her students. Her whole approach to teaching her students is similar to a mother teaching life's lessons to her children. There is a very loving sense in her approach. Jen creates very high expectations for all of her students. Her expectations are consistently reinforced and followed by her students,” he continued.

“She is always looking for ways to better herself as a teacher, set the bar higher for her students, and increase her capacity as a future leader. Jennifer is passionate about her students, her subject, and the opportunity she holds in making her students, our school and our community a better place.”

Since 2000, the B.E.S.T. Awards reward excellence in teaching at the K-12 levels in the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD).  The Bethlehem Educational Scholastic Trust (B.E.S.T.) Fund at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation began more than two decades ago by a group of Bethlehem civic and business leaders who believed that the work of teachers is so critical to the community - as well as to the students - that outstanding teachers required special recognition.  Since then, recipients of the B.E.S.T. Awards are chosen by a committee which is comprised of teachers and educational professionals from outside the district as well as several past recipients of the B.E.S.T. Award.  The Award winners receive a check of $800 and are recognized at the BASD convocation ceremony in August.

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See the video of the the surprise presentation...