Citadel Announces Grand Prize Winners of Citadel Heart of Learning Award
EXTON, Pa.—Citadel has announced the three Grand Prize Winners of the Citadel Heart of Learning Award.
Adam Speakman, Choir Director of Downingtown East High School; William Scott Golightly, English teacher of Phoenixville Middle School; and Kelly DeMillion, Kindergarten teacher of General Wayne Elementary are the official Grand Prize Winners—each winning $1,500 in addition to the $500 they won as District Winners.
Fifteen Chester County teachers were recently surprised at their school; each received the 2018 Citadel Heart of Learning Award as District Winners.
Representatives from Citadel went to 15 schools in Chester County and presented unsuspecting teachers with the Citadel Heart of Learning Award for their school district. These 15 teachers are the District Winners in the overall award program—each has won $500 to use in the classroom.
On Tuesday, May 8 at Citadel’s banquet—surrounded by family, friends, and their district administrators—the teachers were all honored and the three Grand Prize Winners were announced.
This year marks the 17th annual Citadel Heart of Learning Award program, established by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit to honor, recognize, and thank outstanding teachers in Chester County. This year, Citadel received more than 2,300 nominations for more than 1,100 teachers.
“We are proud to honor these tirelessly dedicated educators,” said Mike Schnably, senior vice president, Citadel. “Each year it’s an extremely special celebration. Citadel is thrilled to recognize the teachers who are molding the youth of the Chester County community.”
The District Winners for the 2018 Citadel Heart of Learning Award include:
HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS
Downingtown Area School District
Downingtown High School East
Tredyffrin/Easttown School District
Conestoga High School
Octorara School District
Octorara High School
Owen J. Roberts School District
Owen J. Roberts High School
Oxford Area School District
Oxford Area High School
MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNERS
Twin Valley School District
Twin Valley Middle School
Kennett Consolidated School District
Kennett Middle School
21st Century Charter School
Chester County Intermediate Unit
Coatesville Learning Center
Phoenixville Area School District
Phoenixville Area Middle School
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINNERS
Coatesville School District
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
Chadds Ford Elementary
Great Valley School District
General Wayne Elementary
Avon Grove School District
Avon Grove Intermediate
West Chester School District
The heartfelt nominations for these 15 teachers—submitted by students, parents, community members, and colleagues—were read aloud during the surprise presentations.
About Citadel Credit Union
Citadel Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution that provides banking, investments, and insurance services to more than 220,000 members. At over $4.4 billion in assets, it is one of the Greater Philadelphia area’s largest credit unions, proudly serving residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Citadel is recognized as a Forbes 2021 Best-in-State Credit Union and in the top 1 percent for returning value nationwide in the 2021 Callahan & Associates Return to Member scoring. In addition, Citadel has been named one of the best performing credit unions in the nation by SNL Financial. For more information, visit CitadelBanking.com.