Master Gunnery Sergeant Ronald “Master Guns” Allender, USMC Ret., NJROTC Instructor, West York Area High School
Master Guns was nominated by Dr. Todd Davies, Superintendent
Master Guns is a dedicated educator who has made an extraordinary impact on the District and community through his work with the NJROTC Cadets and his commitment to the District Mission of Every Student Every Day. He consistently goes above and beyond to demonstrate what makes West York Awesome through his day-to-day interactions with students, his fellow teachers, and the greater community. He has instilled values of discipline, integrity, and leadership in the cadets, and those lessons are evident as our Cadets represent the District not only in the District but off campus, as well. Through participation in events such as the recent
Dinner and a Show for our Golden Bulldogs
The first official NJROTC Inspection and Pass in Review
The upcoming Memorial Day Parade, working with outside agencies for support of our JROTC Program
Trips for the Cadets to Quantico and Ft. Indiantown Gap
The Military Ball
And various acts of community service
He and his cadets demonstrate what Bulldog Pride should look like. We are very proud of all Master Guns has accomplished in West York and look forward to seeing what the future holds for the NJROTC Program.
Ms. Michele Balanda, Wallace Elementary Teacher
Ms. Balanda was nominated by Mr. Jonathan Hoffman, Wallace Principal
Ms. Balanda has organized trips to Country Meadows for our students and for the residents to come to Wallace to read together prior to the pandemic. Ms. Balanda also coordinates with Country Meadows to send Holiday cards to the residents and organized the collection of books and items from Country Meadows Book drive held last Spring. Thanks to Ms. Balanda, our partnership with Country Meadows continues to grow!
Ms. Laurie Astree, Middle School Teacher
Ms. Astree was nominated by Mr. Anthony Campbell, Middle School Principal
Ms. Astree teaches 7th and 8th-grade general music and serves as the Band Director at the Middle School. Ms. Astree has worked hard to provide meaningful and relevant music instruction to all of her students. She has worked to incorporate music technology into her course so that students have the opportunity to write and record their own music. Additionally, in her role as Band Director, she recently hosted the York County Honors Band Festival. This event brought together student musicians from 17 local middle schools across York County. Additionally, as West York celebrates our 100 years of instrumental music, Ms. Astree has worked to digitize past band programs so that young and old bulldogs alike can enjoy West York's rich musical tradition.
Ms. Jill Striebig, Middle School Teacher
Ms. Striebig was nominated by Mr. Anthony Campbell, Middle School Principal
Ms. Striebig works to provide enriching and challenging experiences for our students. She has worked with our Middle School students to participate in various events and competitions, including the VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest, Future City Competition, K'Nex Challenge, and the "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" Video Contest - just to name a few. Ms. Striebig helps to challenge her students not only in the classroom but also through these outside-of-school opportunities. Ms. Striebig makes herself available to her students throughout the day and after school so that they can work on collaborative projects and learn more about areas of interest and get help and guidance on topics for which they may struggle. Ms. Striebig always goes the extra mile and is invested in the learning of each of her students.