#TeacherAppreciationWeek: Tyrone Says Thank You!
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” Henry B. Adams
By Hailey Vanish, News Editor
As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to a close, we would like to ask everyone to take a moment and thank a current or former teacher for their hard work and dedication.
It is important that we take time to express our gratitude to educators who join the profession to make a difference in the lives of children, knowing from the start that they will not make nearly as much money as other professions.
The Eagle Eye sent an email to all Tyrone High School students and posted a Google form on their Facebook page asking any students, alumni, and parents if they would share thanks for Tyrone Area School District teachers who have impacted their lives.
The responses clearly demonstrate how several teachers at the middle and high school impacted their students’ lives by supporting students, making learning fun, being there during difficult times, and having a positive attitude, no matter what was happening in their own lives.
Thank you to the students, parents, and alumni who responded, and especially to all the teachers at TASD!
Click on each teacher photo below to see submissions we received about each teacher:
Dan Plummer – Carpentry
"Mr. Plummer has taught me a lot of tips when it comes to carpentry and never fails to make the class laugh. He teaches important skills to help make students successful in the future."
Jane Bugden – Math
"Ms. Bugden made me look forward to coming to school every day. She always laughed at students’ jokes and broke lessons down to make learning new things easy, and always made sure that everybody understood." "Mrs. Bugden made me look forward to coming to school." ...
Christie Taylor – Health Tech
"Mrs. Taylor works hard with her students to prepare them for entering the medical field. She also keeps her students engaged with doing hands-on work inside and outside of the classroom."
Beth Cannistraci – Biology
"Mrs. Cannistraci is an amazing teacher who is always thorough with her teaching and makes sure that every student understands the lesson before moving on. She is a bright light to all of her students’ days and allows lessons to be fun while also engaging. She has truly impacted many of her student's lives." "I will never forget how kind my teachers were when my mom was battling cancer. S...
Mike Funicelli – Chemistry
"Mr. Funicelli keeps class entertaining and breaks down lessons to help us understand. Mr. Funicelli is always there to help if it is needed, whether it is a problem inside of school or outside. He also loves to talk about sports with students."
Ron Wilson – Science
"Mr. Wilson is an outstanding teacher with an amazing personality and great teaching skills — something that not every teacher has. He’s made a huge impact on my life, even if he wasn’t my teacher for very long. He also taught in a way that inspired my love for science and is one of the reasons I'm going to pursue a career in it in the future." "I’ve had plenty of teachers who have ...
Holly Sechler – Spanish
"Mrs. Sechler is the most positive person that I encounter in my school day. She always makes sure to greet everyone at the door, and she teaches with a smile. She always strives to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Even if the class involves more work than others, I always find myself looking forward to it because of Mrs. Sechler's attitude and teaching." "Mrs. Sechler has always shown all of...
Ed Vancas – Metal Shop
"Mr. Vancas is a great man that helped me in a lot of ways. As the shop teacher, it wasn’t the most academic of classes, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t learn a lot. Vancas helped me become a decent welder and a better person."
Tiffany Hoy – Agriculture
"Mrs. Hoy goes way above and beyond to ensure that her students learn their potential in life and is such a wonderful person and it has been an honor to be one of her students, Mrs. Hoy was the reason I was able to make one of the hardest decisions ever, she encouraged me she supported me made sure that I was doing well she has done so much to impact my life." "Mrs. Hoy has been my FFA/agricu...
Steve Everhart – English
"Mr. Everhart is more than a teacher, really. In all the best ways, he's a gym bro, a coach, a friend, and an artistically comedic writer. The guy has shared so much invaluable knowledge with me, and the people around him, and just has a great presence everywhere he goes. Keep it tight Steve. You're a legend." "Mr. Everhart is the G.O.A.T - simple as that." ...
Karrisa Budny – English
"Ms. Budny has impacted my life in a positive way by understanding me and helping me, unlike some other teachers. She was able to see the anxiety I had in presenting and made sure that she could do everything she could to help me feel comfortable when presenting like no other teacher I have had has done. I also feel she has a positive impact on all of her students because she makes sure that her stu...
Jonathon Holmes – English
"Mr. Holmes has been a major influence on my career in music. He was the one who convinced me to audition for the part of Snoopy in our recent production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. He was always so supportive as a teacher, assistant, but most importantly, a friend. I'm very thankful for all of the encouraging words he had for me and want to thank him for always believing in me." "Mr. Hol...
Shannon Davis – Special Education
"Mrs. Davis has helped me find my confidence in life. She taught me that as long as I try then that in itself is a success." "Mr. McKee, Ms. Eckles, Ms. Shannon, and Ms. Koeck all helped me during my depression." ...
Tom Miller – Phys Ed
Coach Tom Miller changed my life forever. I was a young junior high jerk. Then one day I was walking by his Office in the boy's locker room. All of a sudden, he grabs me and puts me down in a chair in his office. He then gets in my face, and asked me: WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET YOU HEAD OUT OF YOUR BUTT?. I was stunned. Then he tells me: This is what you are going to do. You going out for sports and...
Danielle (Shick) Clark – Science
"I will never forget how kind my teachers were when my mom was battling cancer. Some of the things they did were so small but meant the world to me. Thanks, Mrs. Cann, Miss Shick, T Camm, and Mr. McNitt! Also, I have to give a shout-out to Mr. Zupon for being a great example of an educator and inspiring me to pursue special ed after peer tutoring in his classroom. He truly cares about his studen...
Chris Shedd – Math
"Mr. Shedd is the GOAT!"
Mike McKee – Special Education
"Mr. McKee, Ms. Eckles, Ms. Davis, and Ms. Koeck all helped me during my depression."
Robyn Chamberlain – Sixth Grade
"If I had to nominate a teacher for the most impact they have made to a/all her students, it would be Mrs. Chamberlain. She went above and beyond for all her students. No one was left out, and she cares so much. Not only did she impact me while in school, but she has impacted my son as well. She was always there to lend an ear when someone needed to just be heard and gave advice whenever needed." ...
Laura Harris – Music
"Mrs. Harris has been the largest influence on my career so far. Without her as the music teacher, I don't think I would have auditioned for Vocal Attraction in middle school. Vocal really kickstarted my love and highlighted my aptitude for music. If I hadn't had Vocal to help me realize I could really be great, I wouldn't have auditioned for POPS Extension or the musicals. Without her support, I p...
Emily Oakes – Sixth Grade
"My son's teachers, Mrs. Toto and Mrs. Oakes both support their students with positivity and encouragement! They will even allow them to re-take a test or quiz if the student feels strongly that they can do better. They are true shining beacons of our Middle School."
Shelly Toto – Sixth Grade
“My son’s teachers, Mrs. Toto and Mrs. Oakes both support their students with positivity and encouragement! They will even allow them to re-take a test or quiz if the student feels strongly that they can do better. They are true shining beacons of our Middle School.”
Deanna McCreary – Art
"Mrs. McCreary has helped me a lot throughout my art career and school career in general. If I ever had a question or needed anything she would be the first to jump and help me with it. Her classes will always leave me with fond memories to look back on and she will always make me smile. She's an amazing teacher and will always be my favorite." ...
Todd Cammarata – Social Studies
"I will never forget how kind my teachers were when my mom was battling cancer. Some of the things they did were so small but meant the world to me. Thanks Mrs. Cann, Miss Shick, T Camm, and Mr McNitt! Also, I have to give a shout out to Mr. Zupon for being a great example of an educator and inspiring me to pursue special ed after peer tutoring in his classroom. He truly cares about his studen...
Cummins McNitt – Social Studies
"I will never forget how kind my teachers were when my mom was battling cancer. Some of the things they did were so small but meant the world to me. Thanks, Mrs. Cann, Miss Shick, T Camm, and Mr. McNitt!"
Josh Zupon – Special Education
"Mr. Zupon challenged me to go outside of my comfort zone and try new things. I will always be thankful for having these two teachers that have helped prepare me for life. “Mr. Zupon for being a great example of an educator and inspiring me to pursue special ed after peer tutoring in his classroom. He truly cares about his students and goes above and beyond! He also the time ...
Dustin Elder – Social Studies
"Mr. Elder is a very honest person and teacher. He tries to make all of his lessons fun and engaging even if the subject is boring. He cares for his students and genuinely wants to see all of them succeed; he goes far beyond just teaching academic lessons to students but real-life ones as well."
Jessica Koeck – Guidance Councilor
"Mr. McKee, Ms. Eckles, Ms. Davis, and Ms. Koeck all helped me during my depression."