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Southern York County School District Teachers Nominated for Shippensburg Outstanding Teacher Award

Southern York County School District

P.O. Box 128, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania 17327-0128

Contact: Artemas Mott, Public Information Specialist

Phone: (717) 235-4811, Ext. 7231


Date: September 8, 2021


For Immediate Release


Southern York County School District Teachers Nominated for Shippensburg Outstanding Teacher Award 


Two teachers from Southern York County School District were recently nominated for the 2021-2022 Outstanding Teacher Award sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council.


Nicole Clemens, a fifth year learning support teacher at Southern Middle School, was nominated by Principal Dr. Len Reppert. Included in his recommendation for Mrs. Clemens was the following: “Mrs. Clemens is her students' number one advocate. She is a well-respected leader in the special education department as well as with the faculty at Southern Middle School. Though Mrs. Clemens is a learning support teacher, her focus is working with all students in the regular education, inclusion setting as opposed to focusing attention on only the students on her special education caseload. Mrs. Clemens will be the first to say they are all her students. Her positive demeanor and her professional attitude is inspiring to all of the staff in the middle school.”


Mrs. Clemens said, “Receiving the Shippensburg Outstanding Teacher award means a great deal to me. It is an honor to receive the nomination and to know that the efforts made to ensure that all students receive the support needed have not gone unnoticed. Additionally, as a Shippensburg alumni for both my undergraduate and masters degrees, it gives me a lot of pride to be recognized through the university.”


Alexis Saxman is a special education teacher at Friendship Elementary School.She was nominated by Principal Dr. Stephanie Winemiller. When asked about Alexis’ dedication to her job, Dr. Winemiller said, “One of Mrs. Saxman’s most notable characteristics is her willingness to help all members of our school community.  Serving on our building leadership team and as our association representative, Mrs. Saxman is a leader within our school and the special education department. On a daily basis, Mrs. Saxman exudes an enthusiasm for teaching and learning that is contagious amongst her students and colleagues.  Her passion is extended to everyone she comes in contact with - students, staff, and families.”


When asked about her nomination, she said, “It is truly an honor to have been nominated for this award. I feel very blessed to work in a district where I feel supported by incredible colleagues, administration, and the community. This support encourages me to continue my journey as a lifelong learner and fuels my passion to make a positive impact on our students. As a Shippensburg University Alumni it feels extra special to be nominated for an award from the very place that played such a monumental role in where I am today. I want to thank my colleagues and administration for their support and willingness to always lend a helping hand.”


They will be presented with their award at Shippensburg University on November 17, 2021. Please join us in congratulating both of these outstanding educators in a well deserved nomination!