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Mrs. Lightcap Wins PHM Impact Award

PHM Supt. Dr. Jerry Thacker, Mrs. Lightcap & Principal Sarah Smith


Today Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker surprised another group of teachers hand-delivering the Spring 2024 round of Impact Awards. With the help of Principal Sarah Smith, Dr. Thacker caught Mrs. Joy Lightcap off guard when he stopped in her 6th grade Language Arts Class. Click to see the full photo gallery below.


This round of P-H-M Impact Awards recognizes teachers with First Semester growth. While all P-H-M teachers across the district are dedicated to helping their students achieve personal academic success, the Impact Award shines the spotlight on educators who have helped their students achieve individual academic growth on their formative assessments over time. The first-ever Impact Awards were handed out in September 2023 and recognized the teachers with the most significant overall student growth during the 2022-2023 school year.


After leaving Penn High School where he handed out two awards to AP Economics Teacher Coach Pete Riordan and also Learning Strategies Teacher Mrs. Jenny Dakins, Dr. Thacker then headed across the street to Schmucker Middle School where he enlisted the help of Principal Smith to surprise Mrs. Joy Lightcap. Principal Smith even got Mrs. Lightcap’s 8th grade daughter Noelle in on the fun. Mrs. Lightcap had the highest reading growth at Schmucker; her students grew 36% in proficiency!


Executive Director of the P-H-M Education Foundation Jen Turnblom was present for this morning’s awards. P-H-M is grateful to the Education Foundation for covering the cost of the awards for these amazing teachers.