At the May 13 School Board meeting, Mrs. Sharon Phillips was recognized as the 2019 recipient of the Sue Harper Endowed Teaching Award. Mrs. Phillips is an instructional support teacher at Foster Elementary School.
Mrs. Phillips first joined the District in 1987 and taught at Markham in 3rd Grade for one year before moving to Foster in 1988 where she taught 2nd and 4th grade and is currently the IST Teacher. This is her 32nd year of teaching in Mt. Lebanon. Mrs. Phillips was nominated for this award by her colleague, Mr. Jeff Elias. In the application, Mr. Elias noted that she "sets the standard for excellence while allowing her students to take risks, play games, and have discussions about math." He also describes her as modelling patience and persistence as she guides her students. The building principal, Mr. Ramsey notes that Mrs. Phillips is known at Foster as the mother to all. She will help anyone who needs her assistance, comes early and always stays late, is a model educator and a tremendous asset to Foster School and the entire Mt. Lebanon School District.
Mrs. Harper's daughters Beth and Emily attended the Board meeting and participated in the award ceremony.
About the Sue Harper Endowed Teaching Award
Sue Harper, a beloved first grade teacher in the District for over 15 years, passed away in early 2016. In her memory, family and friends have established the Sue Harper Endowed Teaching Award, which includes a monetary gift, to be given each year to an elementary teacher.