One Wednesday morning in April, Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School’s staff entered their large group room for what they thought was a typical faculty meeting. But the staff, especially one teacher in particular, was surprised to find that the meeting was really a chance for several representatives from Citadel to award their 2017 Heart of Learning Award. The recipient was one of the school’s art teachers, Mrs. Khara Flint.
Flint, with tears in her eyes, graciously accepted the award with applause from staff, as well as the district’s administration. Normally chatty, she was at a loss for words and completely taken by surprise to receive the award that, according to Citadel’s website, was created in 2001 and reserved for “teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty.” Flint was one of the district winners–three overall winners from elementary, middle, and high school levels were awarded at a later date.
Mrs. Flint has been teaching for a total of 26 years, with her last 15 years in Tredyffrin-Easttown School District. She is heavily influenced and inspired by the work of Marie Montessori, who taught of embracing a child’s uniqueness, and creating an environment that allows youth to grow and learn. Flint knows teaching art is her chance to inspire her students to find the value in creativity, and was inspired by her own 2nd grade teacher, whose lessons she remembers fondly. “Teaching is not a job for me,” Flint says, “it is a part of me…my soul. I learn something new every day from my students and colleagues.”
For more information about the Citadel Heart of Learning Award and a full list of this year’s winners, visit: https://www.citadelbanking.com/why-choose-citadel/community-involvement/citadel-heart-of-learning-award/