• Spring Award of Excellence recipients

    Chantelle Harris
    Tyson-Schoener Elementary School
    Chantelle Harris is a one-on-one paraprofessional at Tyson-Schoener Elementary School. Her student has thrived, thanks to her caring nature and her willingness to learn sign language on her own to help him communicate with others. Chantelle has two year of post-secondary education, and she is also a cheerleading coach at Reading High School. She recently received an accommodation from the Mayor or Reading for her dedication to youth in the community. Her family includes her parents, Crystal Gilmore Harris and Chris Harris, and 4-year-old daughter, Nyla.

    JuliAnne Kline
    Riverside Elementary School
    JuliAnne Kline is the principal of Riverside Elementary School. She began her career with Reading School District as a substitute teacher in 1993. She is a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School and Penn State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She earned her Principal Certification in 2001 and is currently enrolled at California University of PA for Superintendent Letter of Eligibility. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family, which includes parents John and Judy; siblings John and Jennifer; nieces Amanda, Ashlie and Kylie; and nephew, Tyler.

    Kurt Myers
    Food Service Department
    Kurt D. Myers is the school district’s Director of Food Service. He is a 1982 graduate of Albright College and a 1997 graduate of the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. He is a member of PASBO and the School Nutrition Association. He is also listed as a CEP/BIC validator with the USDA for successful program implementation. He likes spending time outdoors and with his family, which includes his wife, Lisa, and children, Zachary and Emily.

    Rachelle Sheidy
    Northeast Middle School
    Rachelle (Shellie) Sheidy is a gifted teacher at Northeast Middle School. Shellie, who attended 13th & Green Elementary, Northeast Middle School and Reading High School, is a proud graduate of the Reading School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics education specializing in urban education from Millersville University. Shellie was fortunate to be offered a position as a sixth grade math teacher at Southwest Middle School the summer after her college graduation.  She educated the students at Southwest for six years when she resigned her position to begin her family.  During that time, Shellie was blessed with two wonderful sons, Dominic and Zachary.  While she was raising her sons, she worked part-time at Kutztown University as the Coordinator of the SMART Start program.  This program was designed to increase the grade point average and decrease the drop-out rate of students from Reading and Allentown who attended Kutztown University.  In 2007, Shellie decided it was time to return to the Reading School District, and she became the Instructional Coach at Northeast.  Three years ago her position changed, and she became the Gifted Teacher at Northeast.  Shellie is also the advisor for the Morning News Crew and Panther Service. She also serves as the teacher representative of the Northeast Alumni Association. Shellie is always quick to lend a helping hand with any and all activities that come her way.  Shellie would not be the educator she is today if she did not have the support and guidance of the many people she has taught with over the years.  Shellie wants the current and future Reading School District students to have the same sense of pride in being a Red Knight that she does.

    Angel Zimmerman
    Northwest Middle School
    Angel Zimmerman, who has worked in Reading School District for 19 years, is assistant principal at Northwest Middle School. Previously, she was a first grade teacher and instructional coach at Tyson-Schoener, principal at Thomas Ford Elementary and the former Gateway School for Communication and Technology. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Kutztown University and her Principal’s Certification from Alvernia University. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, listening to music and watching sports. She and her husband, Greg, have three children: Macy, 15, and twin boys, Jacob and Lucas, 10.