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2014 Educator of the Year 

& Student Scholarship

2014 Award Winners

The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee recently announced the recipient of their 2014 Educator of the Year Award and Scholarship Award recipient. The Educator of the Year Award went to Fran Meffen, a Dover Middle School Guidance Counselor. Meffen received $1,000 that she can use for educational classroom materials. The Scholarship Award went to Georgie Rooney, a Saint Thomas Aquinas student, she received $1,000 towards her higher education expenses. The Chamber awards are sponsored by Measured Progress.

Georgie Rooney accepting her Scholarship from Jeanne Supple                    Fran Meffen with the GDCC Education Committee

Fran Meffen, has worked in the Dover School District as a guidance counselor for 14 years. She is a team leader in the guidance department at Dover Middle school. She is also the STEAMS Academy Director, this is an after school program that delivers extended learning opportunities for students. Programs are made possible through partnerships created with the local institutions of higher education, businesses and community volunteers who support efforts to expand learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Meffen received the award for her dedication to her students, the positive impact she has made on her students and the community. A colleague had this to say:  “She spends countless hours each day working with individuals, small groups and classes to help students become responsible and caring citizens. She spends a great deal of personal time coordinating programs that help students and willingly shares her knowledge with her peers and is often viewed as a leader.”  

The Chamber’s Education Committee selects scholarship winners based on the student’s commitment to their education and surrounding community.  In addition to academic excellence, Georgie Rooney was involved in coordinating a drive to collect personal hygiene items and school supplies and created other care packages and volunteering at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, picked up trash from the beaches and participated in Young Neighbors in Action trips. Rooney will be attending the High Point University in the fall.

The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, organizer of both honors, provides a bridge between the greater Dover business community and local schools and builds relationships with the schools to promote an educated, skilled workforce.

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