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PA Teacher of the Year hails from Lebanon County

Written by Merriell Moyer/Lebanon Daily News | Dec 8, 2015 2:46 AM
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Lickdale Elementary School teacher Rebecca Foxwell talks one-on-one with her students in this photo taken in March at the school. Foxwell was named 2016 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Monday at SAS Institute, the Pennsylvania Department of Education's annual professional development conference, Hershey.(Photo: File, Lebanon Daily News)

(Lickdale) -- Lickdale Elementary School's Rebecca Foxwell was named Pennsylvania's 2016 Teacher of the Year on Monday at a ceremony held in Hershey.

Foxwell was in competition with 12 other finalists from across the state for the title given at the Keystone Awards for Excellence event. According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education news release, each of the 12 finalists was introduced at the event by one of their students. Foxwell was introduced by Lickdale Elementary student Brian Lowen.

As Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year, Foxwell will act as an ambassador to other schools in the state, and will represent the commonwealth at the National Teacher of the Year competition in 2016.

"Teachers like Rebecca Foxwell remind us why it is so important to invest in our education system," said Gov. Tom Wolf in a Department of Education news release. "Dedicated teachers are the key to providing our children with the encouragement and education they need to be successful in the 21st century economy."

Trevor Saylor, Lickdale Elementary School principal, said he and the entire staff at Lickdale are excited for Foxwell.

"She is dedicated, hard-working and does her best to have a positive impact on our students," Saylor said. "Rebecca is a good representative for our school and our district because she is both an energetic and dependable teacher."

Foxwell teaches first grade and is known to use colorful props to convey her message along with rap versions of lessons to fully engage her students. She was hired by Lickdale, an elementary school in the Northern Lebanon School District, in 2010.

Foxwell is a native of upstate New York who moved to Lancaster County with her family when she was in middle school. Her high school years were spent being homeschooled, and she received a bachelor's degree in education from Lancaster Bible College as well as a master's degree in reading from Edinboro University.

In an interview with the Lebanon Daily News earlier this year, Foxwell said, "I believe that some of the qualities that make me a good teacher are the way I use my creativity to engage and motivate students in the learning process, my ability to create a warm and structured learning environment, and my commitment to student-centered education."

She went on to say that she wants her students to walk away with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to be the best they can be so that they can become successful critical thinkers, innovative problem solvers and responsible and active members of society.

"Students are the heart of education," Foxwell said. "Their success in all facets of life is what drives me to be the best teacher I can be."


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