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Lauren Owsley Earns Citadel Heart of Learning Award

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is honored to announce that Lauren Owsley, English Teacher at Charles F. Patton Middle School, has received the Citadel Heart of Learning Award. This is a very special award in any year, but especially meaningful and well-deserved after the challenges last year presented.

Students and UCF leadership only have positive things to say about Ms. Owsley. In her award nominations, one student wrote: “I always look forward to her class. I feel Mrs. Owsley cares about me.” Another student mentioned, “She has been the sweetest and most motivating teacher that I have ever had.”Another student nomination noted, “I nominated her because I really loved how she went above and beyond takes time to plan activities and zooms to get to know me personally and each other.”

Watch the emotional reveal of the award from Citadel & UCF leadership:

Citadel Heart of Learning Award recipients are selected based on the following criteria: (1) consistent devotion of time and energy beyond the normal requirements of their teaching position (2) initiating, implementing, or administering a new or innovative idea that benefits their students and/or school and (3) providing exceptional assistance and/or support to school or student activities, projects, or programs.

Owsley is one of 15 winners selected out of more than 1,400 nominees submitted this year. All Citadel Heart of Learning Award finalists receive $500 to use in their classrooms and a glass award handcrafted at Glasslight Studios in St. Peter’s Village.

Each of the 15 District Winners is honored at a virtual Facebook Live Event held in May where the three Grand Prize winners are announced. Three Grand Prize awards will be given following the Facebook Live Event – one to an elementary level teacher, one to an intermediate level teacher, and one to a secondary level teacher. The three Chester County Grand Prize winners receive an additional $2000 and a hand-blown glass award from Glasslight Studios.

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a program launched in 2001 by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit. The program was created to recognize and thank Chester County area teachers while raising awareness of the impact that their hard work and dedication have on students and the community. Learn more about the Citadel Heart of Learning Award here.