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Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award recipients


Emily Frey (third grade, Fort River Elementary); Linda Castronovo (fifth grade, Fort River); Kristen Dolcimascolo (science, Amherst Regional Middle School); David Ranen (chorus director, ARMS), Melissa Davis, (second grade, Pelham Elementary).


Stephanie Davies (seventh grade math, Jabish Brook Middle School); Christine Holesovksy (foreign languages, Belchertown High School); Brendan McCarthy (kindergarten, Cold Spring Elementary).


Rose Guerra (history, Easthampton High School); Carey Dunlap (fourth grade, Pepin School); Marsha Messer (language and social studies, White Brook Middle School).


Gilda Sanchez (second grade, West Street School); Jamie Lewinski (English language learner teacher Granby Junior/Senior High).


Michaeline Baj (reading teacher, Hadley Elementary School); Christine Selig (math department chair, Hopkins Academy).

Hampshire Regional

Laurie Frye (kindergarten, William E. Norris School, Southampton); Rita Macinnis Luce (first grade, Helen E. James School, Williamsburg); John P. Plourd (physical education, Hampshire Regional High School).


Christa Joy Andersen (kindergarten and early childhood, Hatfield Elementary); Scarlett Shockey (librarian, Smith Academy),


Sue Crago (English, Northampton High School); Andrea James (world languages chair, JFK Middle School); Catherine Smith (8th grade science, JFK); Michele Andrews (5th grade and math coach, R.K. Finn Ryan Road School).

South Hadley

Danielle Kotfila (Title I teacher, Mosier Elementary); Kathleen Mruk (reading teacher, Plains Elementary); Pamela Soderbaum (special education, Michael E. Smith Middle School).


Valley teachers honored with Grinspoon Foundation awards

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — When Northampton High School English teacher Sue Crago became legally blind due to macular degeneration more than a decade ago, she decided to leave teaching. But Crago found she couldn’t stay away for long. “I realized it’s what I love to do,” she said. “I considered other careers, going back to school to do something else. But all …

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