Citadel Honors 35 Greater Philadelphia Teachers for Extraordinary Efforts

Citadel Heart of Learning Awards

EXTON, PACitadel Credit Union recently recognized 35 exemplary teachers from the Greater Philadelphia area for their remarkable contribution to the realm of education. Each of these teachers received an award as part of Citadel’s Heart of Learning Awards program, a testament to their tireless efforts in “building strength in education.”

Citadel Credit Union Celebrates Milestone $500,000 Commitment to Teachers through Lifetime of Citadel Heart of Learning Awards Program

Since its inception, the award has seen Citadel bestow over $500k in grants to these stellar educators, further empowering them to create a conducive learning environment replete with innovation and excellence.

Citadel’s commitment to serve its communities stretches beyond financial services. Via its Citadel Cares program, the company provides unwavering support to a variety of non-profit organizations and charities in Greater Philadelphia, fostering prosperity and resilience. Citadel actively contributes to four major areas: Education & Youth Prosperity, Health & Wellness, Building & Development, and Food Security.

The annual Citadel Heart of Learning Awards, introduced in 2001, celebrate extraordinary teachers who inspire their students and leave lasting impacts on their respective communities. A number of students, parents, and colleagues nominate thousands of teachers with each passing year with the winners chosen for their dedication, innovation, and commitment to education.

The 2024 edition of the awards saw each winner receive coveted glass heart awards and a total of $60,000 in grants and prizes. Each of the three grand laureates received a sum of $10,000 ($5,000 for the teacher and $5,000 for their respective schools), while the remaining county-level winners received $1,000 each. Citadel and Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), co-founders of the program, also recognized six additional district-level winners from Chester County.

Bill Brown, President and CEO, Citadel Credit Union, expressed immense pride in the Heart of Learning Awards and its recipients. “Reaching the half-million-dollar mark in donations underscores our long-term commitment to supporting teachers who are shaping the future through their passion and dedication. These teachers not only educate but also inspire and uplift their students, often going above and beyond their call of duty. It is our honor to recognize their extraordinary efforts and provide them with the resources they need to continue their invaluable work,” said Brown.

Amongst the Grand Prize Winners of 2024 were Chassidy King from Chester High School, Travis Lick from G.W. Carver Middle School of Engineering and Science, and Elizabeth Pandosh from Kings Highway Elementary School. Known for her unwavering support to both students and staff, King initiated Clipper’s Closet for free hygiene products and started an after-school girls’ group. Lick contributed significantly to the academic success of 7th grade Math and 8th grade Algebra students, with a nearly 60-point average increase in STAR growth scores. Pandosh is recognized for her dedication, talent, and the close-knit classroom environment she creates, shaping her students’ social skills and future success.

Additionally, Citadel honored numerous other teachers at different grade levels, including Victoria Duffy from 21st Century Cyber Charter School, Natalie Handley from Downingtown Cyber Academy, and Tiffany Hamilton from Tinicum Elementary School, amongst others.

These educators, with their extraordinary efforts and impactful contributions, are true testaments to the educational excellence that Citadel aims to foster with its award program.

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