Each year the Berks County Association of School Retirees (BCASR) awards the Lauretta Woodson Award to an educator and a support professional from a Berks County School District. This year the awards are being presented to two Brandywine Heights Area School District employees who exhibit exemplary dedication, creativity, initiative and productivity relevant to the learning process and growth of students.

Lauretta Woodson was an outstanding Pennsylvania educator who dedicated her life to her profession and who is remembered through the continuation of this award earned by other dedicated professionals in the education field.

The 2018 Lauretta Woodson Awards were presented to Katharine Ege, Administrative Secretary to the Superintendent and to Jean Condos, a First Grade Teacher at Brandywine Heights Elementary School. Superintendent Andrew Potteiger and Joyce Sturtevant, President of the East Penn Association of School Retirees (EPASR), a subchapter of BCASR, covering the Brandywine Heights, Fleetwood and Kutztown Area School Districts presented the awards at the BCASR September General Fall Luncheon at the Fleetwood Grange on Sept. 29.

Ege is responsible for handling many HR functions, District-wide communications, parent and community correspondence, Board Meeting preparation, personnel issues, and state reporting in addition to being a resourceful first contact for the District. Her tireless work ethic, meticulous care, extreme professionalism and efficiency effectively presents the best perception of the District.

Condos has been instrumental at starting the Ready, Set, Read initiative that was organized in cooperation with the United Way. As a result of her efforts the program at Brandywine is the largest in Berks County. She also serves as a key educator for the parent information nights and collaborated with the pre-kindergarten class. Condos also developed and implemented literacy parent nights for pre-kindergarten parents. She created a book exchange for ages 3 and 4 in cooperation with the Topton Lutheran Home.

BCASR President Russ Diesinger awarded certificates from PASR (Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees) to both recipients.

The EPASR, which is comprised of retirees from the Brandywine Heights, Fleetwood and Kutztown school districts, annually provides grants to each school and to the Brandywine, Fleetwood and Kutztown libraries as goals to support education.

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