2018 Teacher Spotlight: Staci Northrup
Inspire Federal Credit Union is pleased to introduce you to our 9th Bucks County “Teacher of The Year” finalist, Staci Northrup. Staci is in her 25th year of teaching where she covers a variety of subjects such as RELA, math, social studies, and science. She is a Pennsbury graduate and has been teaching in the Pennsbury School District for 25 years. She has spent the last 24 years teaching 1st and 5th grades at Makefield Elementary School. In addition to teaching her classes she participates in many school clubs and activities, most notably she is the coordinator for the Reading Olympics.
Staci has earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University and Bloomsburg University. She also obtained her Principal Certification Elementary Level from Gwynedd Mercy University. Though she has her administrative certification she feels as though the classroom is her true calling.
Staci has been recognized many times by both the education broader community. She has received the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers award, D.A.R.E. leadership recognition, yearly recognition for the Reading Olympics program and The Fairless Hills Elks Lodge #2023 Patriotism Essay Contest. She has been recognized by her peers for providing teacher mentorship to junior college students from The College of New Jersey School of Education. She has also had the privilege to be recognized by Lock Haven University, Chestnut Hill College, and Holy Family University for almost 20 years of training future teachers in their respective programs.
She also works with her students to make an impact outside of the classroom in the local Bucks County community. Makefield Elementary School is a major contributor to the Garden of Reflection, and this year her 5th-grade class got to participate in “A Walk to Remember”. Her class also started participating in a service activity in lieu of a Valentines Day party, which has since become a school-wide initiative. She has participated in a variety of activities from sending care packages overseas to our troops, making breakfast for Meals on Wheels, and most recently making Jared Boxes for children with cancer in conjunction with the Penn State Club of Bucks County. Not only do her classes participate in initiatives they have also participated in fundraising events for various causes such as MS, Autism Awareness, and the American Heart Association.
When she’s not in the classroom, Staci is actively involved in her community. She and her family reside in New Hope, Pennsylvania where they are involved in the St. Baldricks Shave Event. She and her family also attend and volunteer during the event, donate to various shavees and attend the fundraising events. They are also heavily involved in fundraisers to raise awareness for Spinal Muscular Atrophy among other initiatives. Staci and her family also enjoy traveling to unique places, attending concerts and various local sporting events. She enjoys watching her son play travel soccer and her daughter competitively dance.
When asked about her favorite aspect of teaching, Staci says it is the close connection she makes with her young students. “I really enjoy getting to know a new group of kids each year. It's fascinating to engage with different personalities and then watching them grow into young adults. They are forever a part of the Room 25 Family." She hopes to continue to inspire her students to be the best version of themselves academically, socially, and personally.
Congratulations Staci and the other top 10 finalists!
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