• Teacher/Staff Recognition

    What keeps educators excited and motivated? Two of the most basic ideals are recognition and appreciation from the district and the community for a job well done. Downingtown Area School District is proud of the accomplisments and accolades of our teachers, staff and students. 

     

Four people from diverse backgrounds discover they aren’t as different as they thought. *Does not represent endorsement by DASD* DASD Teacher Michelle Marsden, Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center
Michelle Marsden Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center "Feeling very blessed to have yet another chance to share my great grandfather’s story with the world. When I mention that he “looked after his community” in the commercial, it was part of a longer conversation I had with Ancestry about what I believe his legacy was. Great Grandpa Peter survived the horrors of slavery in the deep south of Georgia from birth to age of 13. His mother was sold away from him when he was three." *Does not represent endorsement by DASD*
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    Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month Recognition

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    DASD is proud to recognize Dana Nardello!
    Beaver Creek Elementary School's Primary Autistic Support Teacher (K-2)!
    Dana has served DASD for 9 years! Dana and her team participate in the Autism Initiative through PaTTAN and use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) supports to assist our students with autism in the classroom.
    "The best part of my job is working with the kids. I love helping them learn and seeing the progress they make each year.
    As a K-2 autistic support teacher, my focus always begins with teaching the foundational skills for learning. Each day our team of paraprofessionals, therapists, and teachers work together to help our students and I am so grateful to be a part of the team at Beaver Creek."
    Thank you, Dana, for your incredible, dedicated service to our DASD community! #DASDcelebratesautismawareness #DASDcelebratesautismacceptance
     
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    DASD is proud to recognize Melissa Kurfis
    She works at Uwchlan Hills Elementary School as an Autistic Support Teacher (grades 3-5). She has served DASD for 7 years!
    Each day she works with students with autism through a variety of researched-based methods and multi-modality approaches. Students are instructed on an individualized basis to target their unique needs and build upon their strengths.
    "My job impacts the lives of students and therefore could not be more important! I think that I may learn just as much, if not more, from my kiddos as they have learned from me. To see them progress each day and throughout their years at Uwchlan Hills is so rewarding!"
    Ms. Kurfis adds, "My students are the best part of each day! At UH we also have an amazing team of AS paraprofessionals and therapists that make our job each day fun!"
    Thank you, Melissa, for your positive, encouraging and dedicated service to DASD! #DASDcelebratesautismawareness #dasdcelebratesautismacceptance

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    DASD is proud to recognize Chelsey Rice
    Bradford Heights Elementary School's Intermediate Autistic Support Teacher (grades 3-5). Ms. Rice has been an Autistic Support Teacher for 3 years and Autistic Support Paraprofessional for 5 years.
    In her Intermediate Autistic Support classroom, Ms. Rice supports a variety of student needs - some students are in the Autistic Support classroom all day, while others are included in their general education class for the majority of the day. Each students’ instruction is individualized based on their skills and areas of need. The students are instructed using Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior, Intensive Teaching and direct instruction.
    Ms. Rice loves working with her kiddos! "There is never a dull moment in my classroom! I like being able to make a difference in a child’s life. I enjoy seeing my students learn new things and grow throughout the course of their time in my classroom."
    Thank you, Ms. Rice, for your inspiring, caring and dedicated service to our DASD community! #DASDcelebratesautismawareness #DASDcelebratesautismacceptance
     
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    DASD is proud to recognize Mr. Andrus
    We are proud to share the exciting news that Beaver Creek Elementary School art teacher, Eli Andrus, has won the first-ever Citadel Heart of Learning, Traci Watson Heart Award.
    This is a special honor and awarded to recognize thoughtful creativity, inspiring good nature and dedication to one’s craft. Thank you, Mr. Andrus, for your dedicated service and for making us all #DASDProud!

     

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    DASD is proud to recognize Mrs. Cool
    Today we are proud to recognize Uwchlan Hills Elementary School second grade teacher Mrs. Cool on being selected as the Citadel Heart of Learning Award Finalist for DASD!
    Each year, Citadel receives thousands of nominations to honor local teachers with the nationally recognized Citadel Heart of Learning Award. This award highlights teaching excellence and dedication both in and out of the classroom. Just one teacher is selected from each school district, and that finalist is then entered in the running to win the overall Citadel Heart of Learning Award for Chester County.
    Congratulations, Mrs. Cool, and thank you for your extraordinary service to UH and DASD! #CitadelHeartofLearning #dasdproud

     

    Principal's Article Featured in "The Pennsylvania Administrator"

    Dr. Dawn Lawless, Principal of Beaver Creek Elementary School, had an article published in the Winter 2020 Edition of The Pennsylvania Administrator. She explained how the Building Equity Team collaboratively developed a yearlong series of professional development activities for all staff that were centered around the book Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald (2013).

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    Photo Credit: Dawn Lawless

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    Photo Credit: Dawn Lawless