|Dr. Deb Carr Selected as Chamber's 2010 Athena Recipient|
Dr. Deb Carr, Director of Curriculum & Instruction for the Hazleton Area School District, has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, sponsored by Berger Family Dealerships.
The Award, presented each year to a Hazleton Area businesswoman "for outstanding professional achievement," will be presented at the 118th Annual Meeting of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. The dinner meeting will take place on Thursday, May 20th at the Genetti Best Western Inn & Suite Hall of Presidents. Dr. Carr, a Hazleton resident, has been a constant, stabilizing force for many if its educators, students, and parents. She has provided support and leadership for the Hazleton Area School District for thirty-one years. Dr. Carr was the co-developer of Kids’ University and has overseen the development of the program since 1990 and is now in its 20th year. It was designed to provide a safe, collegial environment for teachers to explore and to practive research-based instructional strategies while providing enrichment opportunities for students. This year, Dr. Carr is working with the school district music department to expand summer opportunities for students to include a Music Academy.
When assigned the English As a Second Language (ESL) Program, Dr. Carr worked with the ESL teachers to create a Newcomer’s Center with limited funding and staff. The program incorporated Sheltered Instruction to provide a framework for content area teachers to instruct students with limited English proficiency. Dr. Carr always promoted the leadership of the ESL teachers, encouraging them to assist in the training of their colleagues by sharing the tenets of language, acquisition and best teaching practices. She coordinated with Terry Bauder, Hazleton’s Luzerne County Community College Director, and two very successful years with a Bridge Program for the Hazleton Arae High School ESL program. She served on the PA Department of Education Annual Measurable Achievement Committee. Although not currently supervising the program, Dr. Carr continues to support the training of teachers by teaching and ESL Strategies course at King’s College. Additionally, she was appointed to the Luzerne County Commissioner’s Diversity Committee and continues to servce on that committee.
When the Hazleton Area High School was awarded a grant for literacy and matth coaches, Dr. Carr was named the point of contact and coordinated the efforts of these instructional coaches to improve lesson delivery and student achievement. She coordinated the district’s participation at the state level. Dr. Carr has been a presenter at several state meetings on instructional coaching. Dr. Carr’s current duties include the curriculum development and curriculum implementation, textbook adoptions, assessment, PSSA Administration, budgeting and staff development. In addtion, she coordinates and develops special projects and grants including Accountability Block Grants, PA PACT Grant, Reading is Fundamental, Dual Enrollment, EAP Tutoring, and Full-Day Kindergarten. She also develops and oversees Strategic Planning Process, School Improvement Plans, related data collection and analysis. She oversees special programs including High School Coaching Initiative, Kindergarten Literacy/Math Coaches, Libraries, Teacher Induction, Homebound, Act 48 Reporting, Title IX, Spelling Bee, and Title 1.
Dr. Carr’s leadership is also demonstrated by continuing education. Dr. Carr has attained several academic degrees and certifications including: Ed.D, Reading, Lehigh Univeristy; M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Lehigh University; M.Ed., Reading, Lehigh University; B.A., Government & Politics, King’s College (Summa Cum Laude). Dr Carr also has certifications of Superintendent & Assistant Superintendent Letters of Eligibility; Elementary & Secondary Principals; Supervisor of Reading; Reading Specialist and Secondary Social Studies. To stay current in the field of education, Dr. Carr continues to teach at the Graduate level.
Dr. Carr is very involved in numerous community organizations and is very active with the League of Women Voters of Greater Hazleton and of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Carr joins a long list of distinguished women who have won the Athena Award in its twenty-three year history. Past winners include: 1986,Lillian Paternoster; 1987, Lorraine Piehota; 1988; Donna Jean Yannuzzi; 1989, Mary Bollman; 1990, Patricia Werner-Savage; 1991, Theresa Raffety; 1992, Martha Herron; 1994, Jo-Ann Yannuzzi; 1996, Ruth Wimsat; 1997, Molly Blasko; 1998, Bettie Sitoski; 1999, Linda Schreiber; 2000, Cathy Gallagher; 2001, Mary Jane Saras; 2002, Atty. Sharon Evans; 2003, Dr. Geraldine Shepperson; 2004, Mary Malone; 2005, Atty. Elizabeth Maguschak; 2006, Jennifer Sloot; 2007, Paula Sagan Hahn; 2008, Lonni Polli; and in 2009, Terry Moran Bauder. There were no winners in 1993 and 1995.
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