Two WCASD Teachers Recognized for Social Studies Contributions

Two WCASD Teachers Recognized for Social Studies Contributions

Christina Letrinko receives her award. Ken Fuette and Veterans Day Program team.

                                               Christina Letrinko (left)                                                              Ken Fuette (seated center) and his Glen Acres Veterans Day Program team

The Middle States Council for Social Studies (MSCSS) recently recognized two West Chester Area School District educators for Social Studies for their outstanding contributions to education and dedication to their students.

Christina Letrinko, a first-grade teacher at Fern Hill Elementary School, was presented with the Collins-Skinner Award, which is named for the past two presidents of the Middle States Council. The award is given to an outstanding elementary educator from the Middle States region who emphasizes social studies instruction in the classroom. Earlier this school year, Mrs. Letrinko welcomed two new students from Latin America to her classroom. To help ease the students' transition to a new county and new school, Mrs. Letrinko had her class research where they were from and created presentations using iMovie.

Ken Fuette from Glen Acres Elementary School was awarded the Middle States Council Certificate for Communication for his work on the school's Veterans Day play. The certificate is presented to an individual or organization that shares communication with social studies educators that supports innovative teaching methods and advances in the field.

The awards were handed out at the Council's annual conference, which was held in King of Prussia on March 2.

Founded in 1903, the Middle States Council for the Social Studies is the oldest professional organization in the country devoted solely to social studies education. The mission of MSCSS is to provide leadership, service, and support for social studies educators of all levels.
Members include Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.