Update: Scholarship Created to Honor Pottsgrove Teacher Forrest

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – The family of Pottsgrove School District teacher Andrea L. Forrest, who passed away Jan. 18 (2022; Tuesday) at Pottstown Hospital, has established a scholarship in her honor. It will be presented to “a senior student who excels in visual and/or performing arts” in the district and wishes to continue their education in either of these areas, it was announced.

The scholarship will be awarded annually during the Pottsgrove Senior High School awards program, usually held during June. Donations to the scholarship fund in memory of Ms. Forrest can be mailed to Mr. Gary DeRenzo, Pottsgrove School District, 1301 Kauffman Rd., Pottstown PA 19464.

Her obituary has been made available online, here. A celebration of life for Ms. Forrest will be scheduled in the future, at a date yet to be determined. Arrangements are being handled by the Moore, Snear & Ruggiero Funeral Home, 300 Fayette Street, Conshohocken PA 19428.

Read an earlier story, published Jan. 19 by The Posts, about support offered to the Pottsgrove school community following Ms. Forrest’s passing, below.

Pottsgrove Mourns Passing of Teacher Andrea Forrest

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Counselors and others available to offer support are being offered to Pottsgrove School District students, administrators said Wednesday (Jan. 19, 2022), following the passing Tuesday (Jan. 18) of respected art teacher Andrea Forrest. She began teaching at Pottsgrove in 2016, first for three years at Lower Pottsgrove and Ringing Rocks elementary schools, and since 2019 at Pottsgrove Middle School.

A medical emergency that arose last October forced Forrest to take a leave of absence from her teaching duties, district Superintendent Dr. David Finnerty wrote in a Wednesday afternoon letter to Pottsgrove families. Her passing followed a “hard-fought battle with cancer,” it noted.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Finnerty called Forrest a colleague who inspired “young artists at Lower Pottsgrove, and theater students at our high school,” and who served in the middle school as an art teacher and art club advisor. “We will all miss her more than words can express,” he added. “She was a good friend to many … she touched so many lives, and will live on in the hearts of our community.”

“As students learn of Ms. Forrest’s passing, they may need additional support,” Finnerty suggested. “Our school counselors, and additional support counselors are in place to help us during this difficult time. If you suspect your child may need additional support, please contact his or her school counselor.”

He also encouraged parents whose children were her students “to have a conversation with your child.” Finnerty requested, however, that they not contact students during school hours in order to “avoid the disruptive influence of cell phones.”

Forrest was a teacher with more than two decades of experience. According to autobiographical information, she began teaching in 2000 and spent three years working at an elementary school in Palatine IL. That was followed by 13 years in the Allentown School District, with six years at its Muhlenberg Elementary School and seven at its Dieruff High School, before joining the Pottsgrove faculties.

She listed her favorite activities as spending quality time with family members and friends; the performing and visual arts (“of course,” she added); snowboarding; and laughing.

Blooming flowers photo by K. Klimenko via Deposit Photos, used under license