Building Strength in Education

At Citadel Credit Union, building strength in our community is at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we started the Citadel Heart of Learning Award program – to honor outstanding teachers throughout the region.

Citadel Heart of Learning Award

At Citadel Credit Union, we’re committed to serve those who work every day to build a better future for us all. The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is one of our longest standing initiatives. We started the program 20 years ago in partnership with the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), to recognize local teachers who show dedication in and outside of the classroom.

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Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners!

  • Elementary School Winner: Michelle Sinnamon of Manavon Elementary School.
  • Middle School Winner: Dian McKinney of Kennett Middle School.
  • High School Winner: Stephanie Shrake of Avon Grove High School.

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Chester County District Winners

  • Avon Grove: Stephanie Shrake, Avon Grove High School
  • Coatesville: Breanna Kriston, East Fallowfield Elementary School
  • Downingtown: Kathleen Cool, Uwchlan Hills Elementary School
  • Fugett Middle School: Frank Nefos of West Chester
  • Great Valley: Amy Hober, K.D. Markley Elementary School
  • Kennett Consolidated: Dian McKinney, Kennett Middle School
  • Octorara: Robin Lewis, Octorara Intermediate School
  • Owen J. Roberts: Lisa Cunningham, East Vincent Elementary School
  • Oxford: Nicole Wiltrout, Oxford Area High School
  • Phoenixville: Michelle Sinnamon, Manavon Elementary School
  • Tredyffrin-Easttown: Allegra Dotson, New Eagle Elementary School
  • Twin Valley: Elizabeth Techman, Twin Valley Elementary School
  • Unionville: Lauren Owsley, Charles F. Patton Middle School
  • West Chester: Frank Nefos, Fuggett Middle School
  • Non-Public School: Jane Brennan, St. Joseph Elementary
  • CCIU: Jessica Jakatt, Chester County Learning Center

County Winners:

  • Montgomery County: William Norman, Norristown Area High School
  • Delaware County: Andrea Brown, Ridley High School
  • Lancaster County: Jerry Guttman, Manheim Township High School
  • Philadelphia County: Jamie Johnson, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia School Program
  • Bucks County: Elizabeth Baker, Maple Point Middle School

Traci Watson Heart Award Winner:

  • Eli Andrus, Beaver Creek Elementary School

View the list of Citadel Heart of Learning Award nominees for each district below.

Chester County District Nominees

  • Avon Grove School District
  • Chester County Intermediate Unit
  • Coatesville Area School District
  • Downingtown Area School District
  • Great Valley School District
  • Kennett Consolidated School District
  • Non-Public/Charter
  • Octorara Area School District
  • Owen J. Roberts School District
  • Oxford Area School District
  • Phoenixville Area School District
  • Tredyffrin-Easttown School District
  • Twin Valley School District
  • Unionville/Chadds Ford School District
  • West Chester School District

Greater Philadelphia Area County Nominees

  • Bucks County
  • Delaware County
  • Lancaster County
  • Montgomery County
  • Philadelphia County

Citadel Heart of Learning Award Winners

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Citadel Heart of Learning Award Eligibility

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  • All nominees must be PA certified active teachers in a Chester County public school or a Chester County non-public school. Exceptions may include teachers in non-public schools who are not required to be certified, home school teachers, tutors, etc. Retired teachers are eligible as long as retirement date was at max, one year prior to award year.
  • School districts located within Chester County that are included in the Citadel Heart of Learning Award are as follows: Avon, Grove, Coatesville Area, Downingtown Area, Great Valley, Kennett Consolidated, Octorara Area, Owen J. Roberts, Oxford Area, Phoenixville Area, Tredyffrin/Easttown, Twin Valley, Unionville-Chadds Ford and West Chester Area.
  • For the purpose of the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, a public school shall be defined as a school under the jurisdiction of one of the public school districts listed above and which is publicly funded; employs staff that are required to be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education; and meet the policies, rules, and regulations of the Pennsylvania School Code.
  • For the purpose of the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, Charter schools and home schools are categorized as Chester County non-public schools.
  • For the purpose of the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, cyber school teachers will be eligible for nomination if the student or parent submitting the nomination resides in Chester County.
  • All nominees must provide direct instruction to students in a classroom setting. This includes classroom teachers, subject teachers, certified teaching professionals who provide direct instruction to students, k-12, in a classroom setting, such as a reading specialist, speech therapist, learning support teacher, librarian, etc.