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Citadel Heart of Learning Award

OAHS teacher receives 2019 Citadel Heart of Learning Award for OASD


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Pictured from left are Oxford Area High School Principal James Canaday; Carynne Burnett, the Oxford Area School District’s winner of the 2019 Citadel Heart of Learning Award; Abigail Brooks, corporate communication manager for Citadel Federal Credit Union; and Ashley Boyd, Chester County Intermediate Unit communications specialist.

Oxford Area High School English teacher Carynne Burnett is the Oxford Area School District’s recipient of the 2019 Citadel Heart of Learning Award sponsored by Citadel Federal Credit Union and the Chester County Intermediate Unit. The annual award recognizes the outstanding job Chester County’s teachers perform in educating and caring for our young people.

Mrs. Burnett has been teaching at the high school since 2004, and currently teaches ninth and 12th grade Honors English and 12th grade AP literature and composition. She is the faculty advisor to the National English Honor Society and the Class of 2021.

Mrs. Burnett earned a bachelor’s degree in English from West Chester University in 2002, and received a master’s degree in Professional and Secondary Education from West Chester University in 2012. She and her husband Joe live in Oxford and have two daughters, Belle, a sophomore at OAHS; and Jaycie, a third grader at Nottingham Elementary School.

In addition to the award, Mrs. Burnett received $500 for classroom use. She is one of 15 finalists for the county Heart of Learning Award, which will be announced at the annual awards banquet in May.

“I love it here,” said Mrs. Burnett of teaching in Oxford. “I think we have the best community of students and supportive parents and I’ve always been really happy at Oxford.”

“Receiving this award makes me very emotional,” added Mrs. Burnett, who was nominated for the Heart of Learning Award by 20 students. “Everything I do is for the students, and to hear what they wrote about me in their nominations really means a lot.”