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February 18, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 10, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
James J. Jones, 78, of Ambler and formerly of Wynnewood, a retired college professor and department chairman, died Monday of congestive heart failure at the medical facility of the Rydal Park retirement community in Abington. He had been at the facility since September. Dr. Jones retired in 1986 from Temple University, where he was chairman of the department of educational administration. Earlier, he taught at Arizona State University, the University of Virginia, the University of Miami (Florida)
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July 20, 2012 | Regina Medina
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education on Thursday named two Catholic educators as the new superintendents of schools, effective immediately.   Carol A. Cary, 57, will be the superintendent in charge of parochial high schools. Jacqueline P. Coccia, 47, will oversee the Archdiocese's elementary schools. Cary has a bachelor's degree from West Chester University and a teaching certificate from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. The Exton resident has a master's degree in educational administration from North Carolina State and a doctorate from Immaculata University.
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March 24, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saul Grossmann, 80, of Haddon Heights, a longtime Philadelphia educator and administrator, died Sunday, March 17, of cancer at the Silver Care Center in Cherry Hill. Mr. Grossmann's career with the Philadelphia School District spanned four decades. He also taught at Temple University and served as president of Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill. He spent 16 years earning his doctorate in education from Temple University. It took so long because he was working and caring for a family, said his wife of 59 years, Miriam.
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July 8, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 7, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 5, 2010 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peggie Gillis Johnson, 62, a former Philadelphia public school principal, died Saturday, Oct. 30, of brain cancer at the medical facility of Brittany Pointe Estates, the retirement community in Upper Gwynedd, near Lansdale. Mrs. Johnson, a Philadelphia teacher and school administrator for four decades, had lived in Chalfont since 1978. Her husband, Warren, said she was the principal at Randolph Technical High School, 3101 Henry Ave., for the last seven years, before illness prevented her from returning for this academic year.
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September 17, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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March 30, 1995 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After a quarter of a century moving up the ladder in the Chester Upland School District, Mary T. Geiger is going up the road. At a board meeting Tuesday, Geiger was unanimously approved as the director of personnel in the Radnor School District. She had been Chester Upland's director of administrative services. Geiger replaces Stephanie Zimmerer, who went on medical leave in mid-July and resigned several months ago. Geiger will earn $72,000 and is scheduled to begin May 29. She was chosen after a nationwide search that drew 65 applicants, said district Superintendent John DeFlaminis.
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May 29, 1988 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Special to The Inquirer
John F. Wingerter, principal of Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne, has been appointed principal of Marple Newtown Senior High School, effective July 1. The surprise appointment was made at a Marple Newtown school board meeting Thursday night and was referred to as "the best-kept secret in Marple Newtown history" by Stephen Frederick, assistant to Superintendent Glenn Sanner. Frederick chaired the 10-member committee that selected Wingerter from a pool of more than 50 applicants.
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July 8, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 17, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 18, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 24, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 7, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 7, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 17, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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August 14, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 18, 2013 | By John Mooney, NJ SPOTLIGHT
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 .)
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April 5, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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