GJSD Board of Education Names ABCD Award Honorees

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L to R: Dr. William Crankshaw (Superintendent of Schools), Katie Warner (first grade teacher at Pleasant Avenue), Scott Chamberlain (math teacher at JJSHS), Jackie Strouse (first grade teacher at Pleasant Avenue), and David D’Amore (President, GJSD Board of Education) at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting (12/15/22).

Congratulations to our three ABCD Award honorees for the first quarter of the 2022-2023 school year. The ABCD Award is an award given by the Board of Education to acknowledge employees of the district who go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty to make a difference in the lives of our students and help them succeed. Nominations are submitted by the school community  — including students, families, staff and members of the Johnstown community.

  • Jackie Strouse – first grade teacher at Pleasant Ave.
  • Scott Chamberlain – math teacher at JJSHS
  • Katie Warner – first grade teacher at Pleasant Ave.
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Jackie Strouse, first grade teacher at Pleasant Avenue.

JACKIE STROUSE  is a first grade teacher at Pleasant Avenue Elementary who truly cares about her students. A good teacher in a child’s life can make a difference and parents say that Mrs. Strouse makes that difference for their children.  In addition to the admirable care she provides for her students,  Jackie also serves as a Technology Integration Coach and has previously served as a new teacher mentor, offering much appreciated support to her colleagues and assisting them with implementing effective teaching practices. Mrs. Strouse regularly  goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty to find solutions and ways to help Johnstown students and staff succeed.


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Scott Chamberlain, math teacher at Johnstown Jr.-Sr. High School.

SCOTT CHAMBERLAIN  is a math teacher at Johnstown Junior High School who tunes into his students’ abilities and skill level and recognizes when they might need extra help or to be offered more challenging coursework. He is always professional, positive and fun in his teaching, which is a wonderful combination that motivates students to do their best. He makes his classroom and everywhere he goes a welcoming and supportive environment for his students.  Scott has made countless contributions to Pi Day activities, Y-Knox, the Film/Movie Club and to Gaming & Coding.  Mr. Chamberlain’s dedication to teaching and to making learning fun for Johnstown students truly goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.


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Katie Warner, first grade teacher at Pleasant Avenue.

KATIE WARNER  is a first grade teacher at Pleasant Avenue Elementary who makes all of the children in her classroom feel loved and welcomed. Parents report that their children return to see Mrs. Warner even after they’ve moved up to other grades, just to get a hug, or to seek a bit of comfort when they experience a bad day.  Parents also say Katie  is attentive and precise, and that  her communication with them is top notch. Mrs. Warner has been described as truly having a heart of gold and her care and compassion for Johnstown students goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.

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