The 2014 Voices of Inspiration for Teaching Excellence finalists, including grand prize winning Pottsgrove teacher Todd Kelly (second from right in the back row), display awards and happy smiles
CONSHOHOCKEN PA – Pottsgrove High School English teacher Todd Kelly was named as one of three grand prize winners of the 2014 Voices of Inspiration Awards for Teaching Excellence during a special dinner ceremony at the Philadelphia Marriott West hotel in Conshohocken, the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit announced Thursday afternoon (May 8, 2014).
The 8th annual awards, sponsored by the intermediate unit and Freedom Credit Union, recognize exemplary educators within the county’s 21 school district’s, the unit itself, and one non-public school. Kelly was joined by fellow grand prize honorees Holly Smith, a math support teacher at the Spring-Ford Area School District’s 5th and 6th Grade Center; and Ellen Strange, instrumental music teacher at Rydal Elementary School.
The prizes were presented Wednesday night (May 7). All three received a commemorative plaque and a $500 award.
Each of the remaining 20 finalists also received plaques; and Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School received a $500 award as the county school with the most nominations. The finalists included Helen Bowers, 10th grade English teacher at Pottstown High School.
The Voices of Inspiration award, begun during 2007, received an enthusiastic response this year, sponsors said. More than 600 nominations were entered on behalf of more than 300 teachers, and all school districts participated.
Freedom Credit Union President and CEO Lee T. MacMinn said his company was “proud to recognize this well-deserving group of educators as true voices of inspiration. We are happy (the competition) received such a warm response and great participation” from the county’s districts.
About 130 educators, superintendents, family members, and other supporters attended the event.