Cornwall-Lebanon School District virtual kindergarten teacher Samantha Fink has received the WITF 2021 Teacher Impact Award for Lebanon County, announced April 30.

Here’s an excerpt from Fink’s nomination: “Enter Samantha Fink…rock star kindergarten teacher. From day one, Piper has loved Ms. Fink, and for good reason. She has somehow managed to convey through the screen to all of her students that infectious excitement that we all value and admire in kindergarten teachers. She has been completely engaged in each session with the children and has made a true effort to get to know Piper on an individual level. We are appreciative beyond words for all of her hard work this year, and for ushering Piper into the world of learning with passion and excitement.”

Every year, WITF partners with Rotary District 7390 to celebrate exemplary teachers from seven counties: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York.

“Through these nominations, we’ve learned that passionate teachers do not let a pandemic stop them from being extraordinary,” said WITF director of education Debbie Riek. “We are inspired by their innovation in the classroom and their determination to connect with their students. WITF was founded by a group of educators more than fifty years ago; we proudly recognize and applaud these stellar teachers that inspire lifelong learning for our region.”

May 26, WITF and Rotary District 7390 will hold a virtual Teacher Impact Awards ceremony for 2020 and 2021 winners. Register here to view the ceremony (which will also celebrate 2020 Lebanon County winner Holly Serio) live.

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WITF will also air a 30-minute Teacher Impact Awards program June 24 at 8 p.m. For those who miss the initial airing, it will rerun June 26 at 5 p.m.

Nominations for the 2022 awards will be open Jan. 2022 at WITF’s website.

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Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.