Denise (Piotrowski) Eiler ’92, Lisa Lynch M’12, and Gina (Domanico) Weightman '91, three Holy Family University alumni, were presented with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teachers, which recognizes outstanding educators in the Greater Philadelphia area. Lindback Award honorees received $3,500 and were honored during the Foundation’s spring reception on May 21.
According to the foundations website, “The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation sponsors an annual award that recognizes outstanding teachers. The Foundation established the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teachers to honor 60 teachers from Philadelphia public schools who demonstrate excellence in promoting learning at the highest levels. The award recipients will be chosen based on their activities that improve the intellectual and character development of students.”
“It’s tremendous to learn that Denise, Lisa, and Gina have been presented with a Lindback Award,” said Dr. Kevin Zook, Dean of the School of Education. “This honor cements the countless hours and hard work they put into the classroom for their students. We’re proud to call them Holy Family School of Education alumni and wish them continued success in their careers.”
Eiler, an elementary education major while at Holy Family University, works at Baldi Middle School. Her nomination biography notes her more than 25 years of experience in the field, where she “challenges her students to think critically and nurtures their growth.”
Lynch, who received her master’s of education from Holy Family, teaches at Swenson Arts and Technology High School.
“A product of Philadelphia public schools, Lynch is now the special education liaison at Swenson, where she collaborates with others to advocate for students with special needs,” according to her nomination biography. “She has a ‘can do’ attitude that instills confidence in her students and works wonders with a never-ending stream of educational service coordination, legally binding paperwork, and peer mentoring.”
Weightman, a kindergarten teacher at Anne Frank Elementary, received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Holy Family University in 1991. Her nomination biographed noted that she is the most requested teacher at her school, where she is universally adored by parents and students.
"Mrs. Weightman has a talent for creating a joyful learning environment for all,” her principal said.