This is the first time in the history of this award that it has been presented it to two employees from the same school at the same time! The first award winner has been described as someone you can always count on to be there to support both our students and staff. The second award winner is known by his peers as a role model for his innovative approach to educating the students and staff both at Montgomery and throughout the district. When reviewing the nominations for today’s award winners, one word was mentioned time and time again for both of our special staff members, and that word was “leader.”
For these reasons, NPSD is proud to recognize Mrs. Vicki Rinker and Mr. Jason Theodore!
Special Education Assistant, Mrs. Rinker, has been a proud member of the Montgomery Elementary staff for 21 years. During this time, she has served as Support Staff Association Vice President, has chaperoned various student events and perhaps most notably, has acted as a mentor for new and current staff members. Mrs. Rinker is said by her colleagues to go above and beyond the job requirements for her students. Her dedication is evidenced by the many non-required professional workshops and training opportunities that Mrs. Rinker regularly attends. She truly has a hunger for knowledge and passion for bettering the lives of her students. Always continuing to self-improve, Mrs. Rinker steps up as a leader of leaders in the district, always volunteering for increased responsibility, new committees and peer-development. She is frequently sought after by the teachers in the building to provide both in and out-of-class support.
It’s no secret that Mrs. Rinker has touched the lives of countless students during her time here at Montgomery, as she is frequently visited by former students. Her passion for lifelong learning and making a difference is an inspiration to her colleagues. When describing Mrs. Rinker, a colleague said “I can’t think of a person more devoted to the students of Montgomery and the district as a whole.”
Mr. Theodore has been a teacher at Montgomery for 22 years. He is known by his colleagues for raising the bar for the entire PE department throughout the district. Jason wears many hats in the North Penn School District, including host of student teachers and high school career study students, Department Chair for Elementary Physical Education, Pennbrook Middle School Wrestling Coach, former North Penn High School Ice Hockey Coach and IRONKnights Triathlon Committee Chair.
Mr. Theodore helped to develop the elementary triathlon from the ground up and has been a driving force behind its success and growth over the last five years. Not only has he worked with staff, parents and local community groups to promote and coordinate the event, he volunteers his own time to hold practices for students in preparation for the big day. Mr. Theodore is instrumental in getting bikes and swimsuits for our needier students in the district and does whatever he can to make sure that as many students as possible have an opportunity to participate in the triathlon.
In addition to this huge undertaking, Mr. Theodore spends his time before school running a fitness class for the students at Montgomery, stressing the importance of fitness and brain power. After school, he leads a fitness class for the staff three days a week. When he’s not educating our students and staff in physical fitness, Mr. Theodore can be found playing his guitar alongside the Montgomery chorus, heading up the sixth-grade students vs. staff basketball tournament, emceeing and performing in the Lip Sync and helping to coordinate Montgomery’s Mini-THON Event.
Mr. Theodore implements fun activities for students into his lessons including rock climbing, roller blading and dancing. He is always looking for innovative ways to educate our students including the frequent integration of technology in his classes. Mr. Theodore is seen by fellow gym teachers in the district as a role model, one of whom said, “I learn something new every time that I work with Jason.”
Congratulations, Mrs. Vicki Rinker and Mr. Jason Theodore, on this well-deserved award!
The fourth and final Superintendent's Honor Roll Award was given to General Nash Elementary School kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Dusty Roper!