Local teacher receives Howard L. Klopp teacher award
On Wednesday, Nov. 8th local Parkland teacher Paul ‘Wes’ Spence was presented the Howard L. Klopp Exemplary Teacher award by Cedar Crest College faculty members. The purpose of the award is to recognize the outstanding teaching that is taking place in elementary, middle and secondary schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Spence has been teaching at Parkland for 16 years, and has taught almost every course in the Social Studies program. In addition, he is in a key position in CEW (Career, Education and Work); he has worked with students at the LCTI ( Lehigh Career Technical Institute); actively involved in Parkland’s Career Exploration Program; Career Speaker Program; Spring Job Fair and served as a coach for many sports.
Spence was nominated by Tamara Stavenski-Bennick, Parkland High School’s Assistant Principal. “Mr. Spence is truly an outstanding teacher who represents excellence in the profession,” Stavenski-Bennick said. “Students love having Wes as a teacher because he is extremely positive and shows genuine care and concern for his students.”
“It is always a great pleasure to honor teachers with this award. Wes was very humbled and surprised that he was chosen. Dr. Kern and I gave his award by interrupting one of his Social Studies classes. The students were very excited,” said Jill Purdy, Associate Professor of Education.
As a teacher, Spence, fits every criteria created in order to receive this award. He is devoted to ensuring quality in education, focusing on each student’s strengths, a commitment to helping students achieve their full potential, outstanding service to school and community, and more.
“The principal and assistant principle shared that Wes is a very committed teacher and always places his student first and that he is very engaged in the Parkland community as well,” said Purdy.