Originally published May 29, 2018 by the Berks-Mont News.
By Tyler Hall
Donine Kelly, a Physical Education teacher at Hamburg Area High School was recognized by her fellow teachers as the Teacher of the Year on May 16. Donine also received the Arnold Fink Innovation Award, the first teacher to be honored with both of these awards by The Lancaster Lebanon Berks Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Health and Physical Education Recreation and Dance. This reflects both her commitment to better the Physical Education system and her plans for preparing the upcoming generations to lead a healthier lifestyle.
She says she is “honored and humbled to receive both awards, as well as surprised since they very clearly stated that each individual nominated could only receive one award.”
Donine also notes that both Hamburg High School Principal Christopher Spohn and Hamburg Superintendent Dr. Richard Mextorf offered a great deal of support with the Wellness Program, and said “these awards would not have been possible without their continued support.”
From the creative project of the Senior Wellness Day at the Lake, to the countless hours she has put into reconstructing the Wellness program, Donine believes these are what have brought attention to her for both the Arnold Fink Innovation Award and the Teacher of the Year Award.