Jeneane Arter Teaching in Excellence Award

From left: Darla Lippert; Penn High School Principal Sean Galiher; Penn High School Chemistry teacher Diane Bowersox; and P-H-M Education Foundation Executive Director Mari Linn Wise

On May 31, the P-H-M Education Foundation awarded Penn High School Chemistry teacher Mrs. Diane Bowersox as the recipient of 2018 Jeneane Arter Teaching in Excellence award – named after Northpoint Elementary School teacher Jeneane Arter.

Penn High School Alyssa McNarney wrote in her essay about Mrs. Bowersox, “Chemistry is one of those classes that most people dislike and find very difficult, but with Mrs. Bowersox as a teacher, Chemistry is enjoyable and easy to learn. She does labs, interactive activities, and other games that help you learn. One example is from sophomore year in Chem Honors. We played Jeopardy in class with buzzers. The questions were able orbitals and after that game I am pretty sure that everyone in class could give you orbitals for every element.”

The $2,000 award is underwritten by P-H-M parents Jason and Darla Lippert. The annual award is determined from a P-H-M student’s one-page essay of how a P-H-M staff member has made a lasting impact on his/her educational experience. The Foundation’s Grants Committee selects the award winner from the group of essays.

The top four finalists will receive $100. They are: Christine Austin of Walt Disney Elementary; John Gensic of Penn High School; Jeremy McCaskill of Horizon Elementary; Alison Noakes of Elsie Rogers Elementary; and Matt Reininga of Schmucker Middle.

Nomination for the 2018-19 award will be open in January 2019. Information will be posted on the web site, social media, and forms will be sent home with students.

Narrowing all the submitted essays to one recipient was a difficult decision. The P-H-M Education Foundation thanks these outstanding P-H-M staff members for the work, leadership and how you inspire students every day.

For additional information or questions, please contact Mari Linn M. Wise, executive director, at (574) 254-2893 or