Inspire FCU Announces Finalists for 2018 Bucks County Teacher of the Year

Newtown, PA (April 2018) – Inspire Federal Credit Union recently announced a group of ten Bucks County teachers that advanced as finalists in their annual Bucks County Teacher of the Year contest. This year’s contest is sponsored by Sperry Van Ness | Ahia Commercial Real Estate, Kim Rock Group | Keller Williams Real Estate, Lykon Automotive, Peruzzi Nissan, and Levittown Now. The finalists were selected through a three-week long voting period. During the voting period, over 30,000 votes were cast for over 150 nominated teachers.

Jim Merrill, Inspire’s President/CEO said “We received an overwhelming response to the contest this year. Every teacher that was nominated deserves to be recognized for their hard work and community involvement.”

The finalists are comprised of teachers throughout the county, at all different grade levels. The ten teachers who will now be in the running to be awarded 2018 Bucks County Teacher of the Year are: Kimberly Caron at Bucks County Technical High; Dave Chichilitti at Bristol Borough High; Jennifer DiGiuseppe at SnyderGirotti Elementary; Kathleen Fitzpatrick at Conwell-Egan Catholic High; Demetrios Houmas at Keystone Elementary; Michelle Kramer at Bensalem High; Kathryn Liese at Cecelia Snyder Middle; Kyle McDonough at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic; Staci Northrup at Makefield Elementary; and Caren Shapiro at Bensalem High.

Each of the ten finalists will be introduced to the community by Inspire over the next five weeks. Finalists are required to complete a questionnaire on their teaching philosophies and background. From here, a committee will evaluate and judge all ten finalist’s submissions and determine the top three and eventual winner. The three finalists will be invited to a Teacher of the Year awards ceremony in the summer where the winner will be announced and prizes will be distributed. The winner will receive $2,500 and an additional $500 donated to their school. The two runners-up will both receive a $1,000 and an additional $500 donated to their schools. ###