Michele Woolnough, a science teacher at Solomon Plains Junior High School, was recently chosen as one of 50 teachers from across the country to attend the New York Times Schools for Tomorrow Conference held in New York City. The conference allows teachers to interact with other influential educators, administrators, government officials and philanthropists to address the changing demographics of teaching, statewide testing mandates, technology, best practices, literacy and teacher accountability. Woolnough was also asked to speak at the conference regarding urban education and hard-to-reach students due to her previous inner-city experiences and prior teaching at a school for troubled high school students.
Patrick R. Snyder, Luzerne, has been selected for membership in The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). The society recognizes top scholars and invites only students who have achieved academic excellence. Snyder, a senior at Wyoming Valley West High School, is the son of Eugene P. and Deborah Snyder. He is an award-winning artist and designer and a member of the school's art club and the Wyoming Valley Art League. Snyder won awards for designing a T-shirt for the General Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute's Heart Walk and a shopping bag logo for The Burgundy & Gold Goes Green Club at the high school. He has also achieved perfect attendance for the last five years and is a member of the National Honor Society.