Citadel is very excited to announce that more than 2800 nominations were received for the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards. Heartfelt nominations written by students, parents, coworkers and school administrators poured into Citadel offices in praise of Chester County's well-deserving teachers."It is with sincere gratitude that I thank each person who took the time to recognize a teacher that has made an impact in their life," said Michael Schn-ably, Senior Vice President at Citadel and Co-chair of the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards."I am overwhelmed by the record number of nominations received this year - 800 more than last year! It is proof of the excellent teachers that Chester County has to offer and the appreciation of those whose lives have been touched."

This award program, now in its seventh year, was created in a joint effort by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit to recognize and honor excellent teachers throughout the county.

Fifteen finalists, one from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one teacher from the Chester County Intermediate Unit and one teacher from a Chester County non-public school, which also includes charter and home schools, will be chosen from the nominations and announced this spring. These finalists will be recognized at the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards banquet held on May 6. Each finalist will receive $500 to use in their classrooms and a custom, commemorative glass sculpture from Simon Pearce. From these 15 finalists, three winners (one high school, one middle school and one elementary school teacher) will be awarded with the Citadel Heart of Learning Award.

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