Two Altoona teachers receive CARE Awards

Courtesy photo Altoona Area School District Superintendent Dr. Charles A. Prijatelj (left) and Altoona Area Educcation Association President Doug Rosenberry (right) present Educator CARE Awards to Kimberly Shope (second from left) and Kristen delGiudice.

Two Altoona Area School District teachers received Educator CARE Awards during the AASD Staff Opening Day Session on Aug. 21.

These awards are presented annually to an elementary teacher and a secondary teacher who have demonstrated commitment, achievement, responsibility and excellence (CARE) in the classroom.

Kristin delGiudice, an elementary music teacher, received the elementary award.

delGiudice is a graduate of the Crane School of Music in New York in Music Education and she holds a master’s degree in reading education.

delGiudice has worked at the Altoona Area School District for the past 18 years teaching students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The secondary education award recipient was Kimberly Shope.

Shope is a graduate of Penn State University where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degree.

She serves as a social studies instructor as well as the social studies department chairperson at the Altoona Area High


She also serves as coordinator of the afterglo, student council assistant and the AAHS internal fund coordinator. Shope has been teaching at AASD for the past 32 years.

Each of the award winners received a plaque in recognition of their excellence in teaching along with a watch from Kranich’s Jewelers in Altoona.

The Educator CARE Awards have been presented on an annual basis since 1985 by the School District and the Altoona Area Education Association.