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Teachers receive CARE Awards

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Above, Altoona Area Education Association President Jason Geis (left) and Altoona Area School District Superintendent Charles A. Prijatelj (center) present the Elementary CARE Award to David Routch. Below, Geis and Prijatelj present the Secondary CARE Award to Carolyn Kline,

AASD recognizes secondary,

elementary educators

Two Altoona Area School District teachers received Educator CARE Awards during the AASD Staff Opening Day Session on Aug. 20.

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.

David Routch, a teacher at Juniata Gap Elementary, received the elementary award. Routch is a graduate of Dickinson University with a dual major in political science and economics and a teaching certificate from Penn State University. Routch has worked at the Altoona Area School District since 1989.

The secondary education award recipient was Carolyn Kline. Kline is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.

She serves as a social studies instructor at the Altoona Area High School.

She also serves as the Mountain Lion Maniacs adviser. Kline has been teaching at AASD for the past 31 years.

Each of the award winners received a plaque in recognition of their excellence in teaching along with a wristwatch 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.

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