Krystal Foley Receives 2018 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Krystal Foley
Krystal Foley

CONGRATULATIONS to Krystal Foley on being selected to receive the 2018 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award (1st year teacher). Foley is currently a 2nd grade teacher at Chapin Street Elementary School.  For Foley this opportunity felt like she had come full circle, having attended East Street School, herself, as an elementary student, and going on to graduate from Ludlow High School in 1998.

Prior to assuming her current 2nd grade teaching position Foley was a district elementary substitute teacher, and Chapin Street math interventionist and 3rd grade teacher . During Foley’s tenure her self motivation, creative talent and ability to incorporate engaging, relevant and focused lessons were quickly evident and admired by her colleagues.

Foley  is also an active member of the Ludlow Public Schools community. Each month, she attends the elementary PTO meetings as well as being a Chapin Street school council representative.  She is also known to be one of the first to volunteer her time and talents for any after school activity.

Foley has built positive relationships among her colleagues which has led to effective collaboration during common planning time, faculty meetings and grade level meetings. She also volunteers for PBIS reward activities and committees and helps plan, create and bring to fruition school wide events.

“I wasn't at all surprised when Krystal's colleagues nominated her for this award,” commented Chapin Street  principal, Nikki Reed.  “She always wants the best, not only for her students but for the entire Chapin community.”

“At Chapin Street Elementary, our theme this year is joy. I cannot think of anyone who better exemplifies that word more, than Krystal,” said Meghan Provost, Chapin Street music teacher, of her colleague.  “Each day, she has a huge smile on her face and her positivity is absolutely contagious! Krystal sets up such a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment that each and every student feels accepted, safe and eager to learn.”

Colleagues concur that Foley treats each of her students like they are her own children and embodies what it means to be a teacher of excellence. Her strong work ethic, positive attitude, and dedication to her profession are descriptions that exemplify her teaching.

“Krystal's energy extends outside of her classroom to her peers. Each day, you can find Krystal greeting you "hello" as she passes by in the hall; making sure that everyone's day starts off on the right foot,” explained Provost.  “Her joy is not only in being happy, but she has joy in her job, as well.”

“There are so many teachers in our district deserving, so I am touched and very grateful to have been selected as one of the recipients of this year’s award.  It is an honor to be recognized and I feel blessed that each day I come to work and share my love of learning with my students and colleagues.”

Reed summed up the qualities that earned Foley this prestigious award, “Krystal collaborates with staff, thinks outside the box, and works hard to ensure she is always learning the best strategies to accommodate the needs of each of her students.  She always strives to be the best teacher she can be.”


Dr. Gazda, Mrs. Foley, Mrs. Reed


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