Wardlaw-Hartridge Teacher Wins Honor

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Dawn Francavilla

Dawn Francavilla

EDISON — Dawn Francavilla of Somerset, health and physical education teacher and co-director of student life at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, has been selected as the Eastern District Association K-12 Health Education Teacher of the Year by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Francavilla, known as “Frankie” in the Wardlaw-Hartridge community, will receive her award at the AAHPERD Convention in Valley Forge, Pa. on Feb. 23. This award qualifies Francavilla as a finalist for national teacher of the year recognition.

“You are the cream of the crop in your profession and truly deserve to be recognized for the outstanding job you do with your students each and every day,” New Jersey AHPERD President JoAnn Doherty wrote in an e-mail congratulating Francavilla on her award.

Francavilla won the Mary Jo Young Health Educator of the Year Award in 2012 and was named the New Jersey Outstanding AHPERD High School Teacher of the Year in 2009-2010. She also has received various nominations and awards for coaching and community service.

“We are fortunate to have Frankie as a member of our faculty,” said Rhona Eserner, Upper School Head at Wardlaw-Hartridge. “Frankie teaches in both Lower and Upper School and coaches in Middle School. To be able to relate well to students in all three divisions gives testimony to Frankie’s talent as a teacher. This award is really nice because it recognizes her for teaching health, which Frankie loves to do and has done so well at W-H over the years.”

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