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  • Vicky Confer recipient of state Apple Award

    By Brit Milazzo
    bmilazzo@basd.net
    Public relations, BASD

    On any give school day, if you walk into Vicky Confer’s office at Bellefonte Area High School, it’s busy. The longtime high school office clerk is in charge of helping students and staff with daily needs and maintaining various administrative duties such as discipline records, parking passes, lockers, deliveries, resetting passwords, and monitoring security cameras and distributing van keys for field trips -- just to name a few.

    Her hard work, dedication to help make the school a better place, and going above and beyond to work with students and staff in need are just a few of the many reasons why Confer is this year’s Apple Award recipient.

    Nominated by high school ag teacher Myken Poorman, she explained why Confer is deserving of the honor.

    “Vicky is a light in our school,” Poorman said. “She sees and helps so many students in our school. Her office is never slow and it’s not just students – we teachers are needy. She will help us all with a smile on her face. Vicky is a busy lady, but is always willing to help others. I can’t think of a better, more deserving person of this award, because she is so selfless and means so much to our school.”

    The award was given to Confer through the state chapter of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year program. It’s presented annually to teachers, educators, coaches and other support staff for their educational excellence and making a positive difference in the lives of staff, students and the community.

    Poorman was a finalist for the 2019 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year honor, which she was then eligible to nominate someone else for the Apple Award.

    "It's an honor to receive this award and a privilege to be chosen,” Confer humbly said.

    Confer was also publicly recognized during a school board meeting on Jan. 21. You can see the presentation, here: Apple Award presentation. Video was provided by C-NET.

    Confer has worked for Bellefonte Area School District since 1998, and has been in her current position since 2003.