Vanguard teacher honored

PAOLI — Vanguard School teacher Richard Raber was honored with the Excellence in Education Award in June.

“Rich Raber has been an extremely valuable and flexible faculty member, having served as a classroom teacher, shop teacher, crisis intervention trainer and acting principal,” said Tim Lanshe, Vanguard’s director of education.

Raber, of Downingtown, was honored by the school at its Teacher Appreciation Luncheon earlier this summer after having been nominated by his colleagues for his positive impact on students and co-workers.

According to a news release, that impact was the result of his camaraderie with the students, kind words for his colleagues and “selflessness and willingness to be of service in whatever capacity is needed.”

Raber, who teaches wood shop at the school, began teaching at Vanguard in September 1977 and has held a wide range of teaching positions at the school throughout the past 34 years.

The award is presented to an individual who improves the field and scope of education, positively affecting the quality or manner in which students are served.

The Vanguard School, which was founded in 1959, is the product of Valley Forge Education Services and is a Pennsylvania Approved Private School for Special Education, with students ages 4 through 21.

The school, licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, accepts a wide range of students, including those with autism spectrum disorders, neurological impairments and social-emotional difficulties.

Also, the Vanguard upper school yearbook for the 2010-11 school year was dedicated to Raber. The dedication, reflective of the sentiments expressed through the award, cites Raber’s strength, compassion and ability to “make the shop a place where students can go and feel good about themselves and what they can accomplish, no matter how great or how small. He helps the students develop skills and attitudes that are useful to them long after their Vanguard years are over.”

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