Five are Honored with PTSA Awards
Five individuals who positively impact Amherst middle and high school students received the 2018 Amherst MS/HS PTSA awards for their high level of service to Amherst Central School District. They were honored May 30 at the annual awards dinner.
Athletic Director Dr. Kiel Illg received the District Service Award given to a staff member who has gone above and beyond throughout the year to support the Amherst School District. Dr. Illg is accessible to students, genuinely cares about them, encourages them toward the best they can be, and promotes integrity. He works every day, as well as many nights and weekends, to establish rapport with students, coaches and parents. He works diligently to make Amherst athletics an organization that students are proud to join.
Lisa Ludwig received the Distinguished Service Award for her role as stage director of the Amherst Operetta for the past 17 years. While not a staff member, she has the unique ability to recognize the gifts each high school student brings to the stage. She understands how to match up personalities with characters in such a way that she creates a positive chemistry within a cast. She understands the power of theater at its core, and always considers multiple viewpoints when making decisions that affect the final production, the cast, the audience and the artistic vision of the staff.
Nicole Perna, an Amherst Middle School nurse, received the Distinguished Service Award for her supportive demeanor when dealing with students who have daily struggles with health conditions. She teaches students how to manage their conditions in the school setting and empowers them to be confident and independent.
Kimberly King, an Amherst Central High School math teacher, received the Educator of the Year award. Mrs. King treats her students as if they were her own children by encouraging them to work hard and dream big. Math is a rigorous subject and can induce anxiety for some. Mrs. King's students leave her classroom smiling because she creates a learning environment that is non-threatening and inspirational.
Krista Jones, an Amherst Middle School math teacher, received the Educator of the Year. As a veteran teacher, she is constantly updating and improving her lessons to meet the needs of all her students. She is always available for help and stops what she is doing to answer questions from students. She is extremely involved in the school-community as the eighth-grade class advisor, Tiger's Den Food Pantry and Bald for Bucks campaign.