2 Clarion County school employees recognized

From staff reports

Clarion County Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (CCPASR) honored two Clarion County public school employees at their spring meeting on Thursday at Highland Oaks of Water Run.

The 2023 CCPASR Lauretta Woodson Awards were awarded to Scott Kindel, of Union High School, and Joan McCauley, of Redbank Valley Elementary School.

The purpose of the award is to recognize an educator and a support professional who have exhibited creativity, initiative or productivity relevant to the learning process and growth of children.

Kindel is in his 30th year of teaching social studies at Union High School in Rimersburg.

He currently teaches American cultures II, world studies, psychology, military history, and a history of the media class.

Kindel was recommended by the parent of a current student.

McCauley began her career as a volunteer in her son’s 1983 kindergarten class. She was hired her the next year as a substitute in the math learning support program. She then worked at Head Start before beginning with the Redbank Valley School District in 2002.

Her roles have included learning support aide, kindergarten Title 1 aide for 16 years, and now two years into a special education aide.

McCauley was recommended by a colleague, Valerie Jacobson, who joined her for the luncheon. Jacobson is a second-grade teacher at Redbank Valley.

Polly Shaw, PASR Region 8 director, attended the Clarion County chapter meeting. She awarded a PASR Board Commendation to Susan Zamzow for her six years of service to the local chapter and the region as CCPASR president.