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School counselor Jeff Klein of CB School District named winner of ‘Unsung Heroes’ campaign

Jeff Klein, a school counselor at Tamanend Middle School and a member of the Central Bucks Education Association, has been voted the winner of the Pennsylvania State Education Association Mideastern Region (PSEA-MER) CAPS “Unsung Heroes” contest.

The online contest and campaign was designed to bring attention to the important roles performed by many varied education professionals in Bucks County and Montgomery counties public schools leading up to Teacher Appreciation Week.

Jeff, who has more than 20 years of service in this role, will also receive a $2,000 grant for a school project of his choice.

Upon notification, Jeff said, “Thank you so much to CAPS for supporting public education and highlighting the work of librarians, nurses, social workers, and school counselors, and congratulations to all of the professionals nominated for this award, as it is humbling to be in such great company. I am so appreciative of all who voted for me and look forward to using the generous prize to fund our school’s mural commemorating the 20-year partnership between Tamanend and the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. I am also thankful to be surrounded by such a wonderful community of students, parents, and colleagues who make my job so incredibly enjoyable and rewarding.”

Launched on April 9th, the “Unsung Heroes” campaign helped put a spotlight on these professionals to highlight their vital – but often less visible – roles.

Four nominees who work in Bucks and Montgomery counties’ public schools were selected by the leadership of PSEA-MER from submissions made by their colleagues.

Videos about each nominee were then created and posted on the CAPS (Council for the Advancement of Public Schools) website, where users were encouraged to vote for one grand prize winner.

The campaign was timed to raise awareness of the important work being done in public schools in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6th-10th, and Teacher Appreciation Day on May 7th.

Through its May 5th conclusion, the campaign received 37,170 votes, with Jeff Klein receiving the most votes and the $2,000 grant.

These three runners-up were each awarded a $1,000 grant for a school project of their choice:

  • Ellen Zschunke – Librarian/Media Specialist, Pine Road Elementary School, Lower Moreland  Education Association member;
  • Jacqui Owens – Social Worker, Bensalem Township Education Association member;
  • Katie Engelhardt – Nurse, Bucks County Technical High School Education Association member.

“We congratulate Jeff Klein for being voted the grand prize winner of the ‘Unsung Heroes’ campaign,” said Alan M. Malachowski, president of PSEA-MER. “We were pleased to honor all four nominees as ‘Unsung Heroes,’ because they represent the thousands who work to ensure that every child in our public schools has the support needed to be successful in school and in life,” he added.

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PHOTO CAPS: 1. Jeff Klein

2. Runner-up Katie Engelhardt