July 8, 2015 |
As an administrator for the Washington Township School District, Susan Rodgers Reintzel "was really effective at being a calming presence," said Jan Giel, the student information manager there. Mrs. Reintzel was Washington Township's director of secondary education from May 2001, and then its director of student services and community outreach from January 2003 to her retirement in 2007. "She was tremendously calm and reasonable with parents," Giel said, especially in "volatile situations.
March 17, 2015 |
When John E. Williams Jr. taught high school students about Shakespeare, he did not suffer their readings of passages from plays. "He would instead tell them he would be reading it to them," son Thomas said, because "they were not qualified to read it aloud. " His readings would show the students "what the language meant and what they were supposed to be listening for. " Mr. Williams, his son said, "was very straitlaced. " The Marine veteran "expected kids to come in and be respectful in the classroom - maybe not what they were being taught at home.
February 18, 2015 |
Bernard F. Rafferty, 87, of Warrington, a teacher who rose to become an associate superintendent of the Philadelphia School District, died Thursday, Feb. 12, of complications from a stroke at Neshaminy Manor. Dr. Rafferty's career with the city's schools spanned four decades starting in 1949, when he signed on as a teacher at McKean Elementary School. In the early 1950s, he taught social studies at Bartlett Junior High School, where he was promoted to vice principal. He went on to become principal of Stanton Elementary School and then Harding Junior High School, Daniel Boone Remedial Disciplinary School, and Lincoln High School.
July 24, 2014 |
Joseph M. Laufer, 79, of Vincentown, a former Burlington County College administrator who had been the county historian since 2003, died of cancer Saturday, July 19, at his home. The Volunteer Center of Burlington County gave him its Lloyd Ritter Community Service Award in 2007, and the United Way of Burlington County also gave him its community service award. Mike Pippin, coordinator for the Volunteer Center, said Mr. Laufer was honored not only for his work for the county, but "for the many things he had done throughout his life.
June 7, 2014 |
Jacquelyn Y. Kelley, 60, of Philadelphia, founder and CEO of Discovery Charter School, died Sunday, June 1, of an infection at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mrs. Kelley was a gifted educator and entrepreneur who devoted her life to the city's schoolchildren. "She had a vision, and she made sure she saw it all the way through," said her daughter, Kimberly S. Kelley. Mrs. Kelley rose through the ranks in the Philadelphia School District before becoming chief instructional officer for a start-up charter school.
October 7, 2013 |
Long after he had retired, teachers who had served with Joseph Levin are said to have remembered him well. Dr. Levin had been their principal at three public elementary schools in Philadelphia. And so in 2012, they presented him with the Educator of Distinction Award from their Alpha Delta Kappa sorority chapter in Philadelphia, his daughter, Ruth Cohen, said in an interview. "They think the world of him," Cohen said. On Friday, Oct. 4, Dr. Levin, 85, of Voorhees, died of congestive heart failure at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
September 17, 2013 |
Sister Margaret Eugene Beall, 90, a teacher in Philadelphia at the elementary and high-school levels, died Monday, Sept. 9, of cardiopulmonary failure at Assisi House in Aston. She had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 65 years. Sister Margaret worked for 40 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and another 24 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore before retiring to Assisi House in 2011. Both inside the classroom and the Franciscan religious order, she was known for being very organized.
August 14, 2013 |
Emily Bernice Chapman, 82, formerly of East Mount Airy, a longtime educator in the Philadelphia School District, died Tuesday, July 30, of Alzheimer's disease at Cheltenham Nursing & Rehab Center. Mrs. Chapman believed in the power of education and sought to instill the love of self-betterment in others. She earned her master's degree from Temple University in 1964 and a doctorate in educational administration in 1979 from the University of Sarasota, now part of Argosy University.
July 18, 2013 |
New Jersey educators are getting lessons in police interrogation techniques and how to tell whether someone is lying - even if they are only in elementary school - as the stakes have increased in the crackdown on bullying. More than 500 teachers, counselors, and administrators completed training sessions this spring with state and outside experts - including a state police sergeant - that included detailed investigation and "interview" techniques. (One suggestion: Never say interrogation .)
April 5, 2013 |
Sister Mary Florian Heck, 90, an educator and administrator at schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and other locations, died Wednesday, March 27, at McAuley Convent in Merion Station. Sister Mary, the former Anna Sophia Heck, was born Oct. 24, 1922, in Philadelphia, one of three children of John and Eva Heck. She attended grade school and graduated from high school at the Academy of the Sisters of Mercy at Broad Street and Columbia Avenue in 1941. That year, she entered the Sisters of Mercy.