Unionville French teacher wins Citadel honor

Sue Shelley chosen as top high school teacher at annual awards ceremony

Unionville High French teacher Sue Shelley (left) celebrates with Principal Paula Massanari.

Unionville High French teacher Sue Shelley (left) celebrates with Principal Paula Massanari.

C’est très magnifique may be the best way to describe this honor. 

Unionville High French teacher Sue Shelley was chosen Tuesday night as the Citadel Heart of Learning Award winner at the high school level. Shelley was one of 38 Unionville-Chadds Ford School District teachers nominated overall and one of over 2,000 countywide, the school district said.

Unionville-Chadds Ford School Supt. John Sanville, in a statement on the district  web site, referenced a comment from a student who nominated Shelley for the award, suggesting that it accurately captured Shelley’s essence: “Mrs. Shelley instilled in us, the students, a love of learning about other cultures, and most importantly, a love of learning.”

“This is a well deserved honor. Sue is the embodiment of everything that is right and good in education today,” Sanville said. “Our students, our school, and our community benefit from her hard work and dedication – in short, she makes a difference.”

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a program launched in 2001 by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit. It was created to recognize and thank Chester County area teachers, while raising awareness of the impact that their hard work and dedication have on students and the community. It also positions the profession of teaching as an admirable career and motivates current teachers in the area, according to its web site.

Fifteen finalists, one public school teacher from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one teacher from the Chester County Intermediate Unit and one teacher from a Chester County non-public school, which also includes charter and home schools, are chosen from the nominations. All 15 Citadel Heart of Learning Award finalists receive $500 to use in their classrooms. The three winners, one each from high school, middle school and elementary school,  receive an additional $1500 for classroom use.

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