Group photos of retirees and the three outstanding educators and employee.

Penn Manor honors its Outstanding Educators/ Employee, retirees and longtime staff

Penn Manor honored 21 retirees with more than 500 combined years of service, along with three employees of the year and its longtime staff members during the Employee Recognition Night, held April 25 at Penn Manor High School.

The 44th annual event included a catered reception, followed by recognition of the Outstanding Educators/Employee of the Year and videotaped interviews with 13 of this year’s retirees.

Brian Wimer, head custodian at Martic Elementary, was honored as the Outstanding Employee for 2022-2023.

Martic principal Jen Sugra said “it gives Brian immense joy to care for others by making sure that teachers have what they need so they can best serve kids. Brian is a humble man who loves his work and loves when others notice how clean Martic is.”

Julie Yoder, an academic support teacher at Hambright Elementary, was honored as the Outstanding Elementary Educator of the Year.

Hambright principal Eric Howe said “Julie is fearless in her conviction to help students, and her out-of-the-box thinking has helped our district tremendously. We are proud to call Julie our teacher, our colleague, our mentor and our friend.” 

Kimberly Frey, a math teacher at Penn Manor High School, was honored as the Outstanding Secondary Educator of the Year. 

High school principal Baron Jones praised Kim for “her tireless efforts to educate, motivate and inspire her students, which have earned her the respect and admiration of all those who have had the privilege of knowing her. Kim is truly ‘student first’ and has demonstrated this many times over the years.”

This year’s retirees include Sharon Bower, Tara Etzweiler, Cindy Frey, Chris Johnston, Christine Kinderwater, Diana Lowe, John Matusek, Shawn Maxwell, Nancy Nadig, Ginny Neiss, Rae Newhouse, Amy Niemkiewicz, Sharon Reinhardt, Mindy Rottmund, Maryann Saylor, Tammy Schober, Deb Sensenig, Chris Smith, Kelly Sproul, Johanna Treier and Barbara Trostle.

A video of interviews with 13 of the retirees was part on the program.  Also recognized April 25 were longtime Penn Manor employees, including:

35 Years of Service: Cindy Frey and Jeff Himes. 

30 Years: Cindy Bachman, Donna Falk, Kathy Grenier, Kelley Groff, Doug Kramer, Marjean Long, Amy Niemkiewicz, Carol Ragland, Kathleen Railing, Maryann Saylor and Laura Stephan.

25 Years: Mark Andrew, Sharon Bower, Rebecca Eichler, Stephen Harnish, Carin Leisure, Lisa Martin, Emily Mattern, Shawn Maxwell, Charlie Reisinger, Cindy Rhoades, Deb Sensenig, Streeter Stuart, Jennifer Winters and Pam Witmer. 

20 Years: Jason Ayer, Courtney Costello, Lisa Holloway, Dawn Mercado, Patrice O’Brien, Laura Richards, Kathy Rowley, Brett Sheaffer, Barbara Shoff, Megan Szentesy and Maria Vita. 

Congratulations to all of our employees, and best wishes to this year’s retirees!