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This week, Congresswoman Susan Wild spoke on the U.S. House of Representatives Floor to honor three teachers from across her district for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Recognizing educators from Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Rep. Wild spoke about how each of these teachers exemplifies what it means to give back to their communities and shape the next generation of Pennsylvanians. 

Jennifer Danzeisen, Palmerton Area High School in Carbon County: 

This Teacher Appreciation Week, I am proud to honor outstanding teachers across my community, starting with Ms. Jennifer Danzeisen from Palmerton Area High School in Carbon County.  

Ms. Danzeisen has worked at the Palmerton School District for over 20 years, and her students have repeatedly commended her calming presence, her heavy involvement in extracurricular activities, and her commitment to all of them.  

On top of her work as the department chair for Business and Technology classes, she advises the Mock Trial Club and Future Business Leaders of America and coaches the tennis team. Even while juggling numerous responsibilities, Ms. Danzeisen prioritizes treating all of her students with dignity and respect. 

Thank you, Ms. Danzeisen, for your commitment to shaping our next generation. 

Morgan Polony, Steckel Elementary School in Lehigh County: 

This Teacher Appreciation Week, I am proud to honor outstanding teachers across my community. Today, I want to recognize Morgan Polony, a third-grade teacher at Steckel Elementary School in Lehigh County. 

As a Whitehall High School graduate herself, Morgan is deeply connected to her community, both inside and outside the classroom. She has served as a high school softball coach, teacher leader, mentor, and active participant in various district committees. Her students and colleagues know they can always count on her for encouragement, leadership, and a positive attitude. 

Morgan’s impact in Whitehall goes beyond teaching. She actively participates in community events and fundraising for organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley and the Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. Her presence is felt at her students’ sporting events and spirit days, where her colleagues said her school spirit is truly unmatched.

Thank you, Morgan, for your unwavering dedication to our shared community. 

Susan Klotz, Kenneth N. Butz, Jr. Elementary School in Northampton County: 

This Teacher Appreciation Week, I am proud to honor outstanding teachers across my community. Today, I’m recognizing Ms. Susan Klotz from Kenneth N. Butz, Jr. Elementary School in the Nazareth Area School District.

Ms. Klotz has been an educator in the Nazareth Area School District in Northampton County for 23 years. In addition to making each and every one of her students feel valued and supported in their learning journey, she is an advisor of the “Kindness Squad,” working with students to spread kindness not just throughout their school, but across our community and even globally. This year alone, she facilitated the collection of over 2,000 books for the Cops n’ Kids program, and organized a toy drive for students in the Dominican Republic.

Ms. Klotz also spends time mentoring aspiring educators from East Stroudsburg University. She always goes the extra mile to make school a place where everyone – teachers, students and families alike – can thrive.  

Thank you, Ms. Klotz, for your dedication to bettering our community.

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