Catapult Learning Celebrates 40 Years of Service in Bucks County
Catapult Learning recently celebrated 40 successful years of service in its Bucks County program at a cocktail reception held at the Northampton Valley Country Club on Thursday, April 16, 2015.
The Bucks County program serves 37 schools throughout the area with 23 teachers, 15 counselors, and 7 psychologists. Over 100 people attended the reception including current and former staff, current and former Bucks County principals, and administration and staff from our partners at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (IU). Also attending the celebration were members of Catapult Learning’s management team, including: Stephen Freeman, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors; Stuart Udell, Chief Executive Officer; and Bill Backall, Regional Vice President.
Throughout the evening several speakers—including Stephen, Stuart, and Susan Page, Regional Director of Catapult’s Bucks County program—highlighted their successful experiences in the 40 years of service. The speakers reflected on the way they began, their growth along this journey, and all the changes along the way. Lois Gretzinger, of the Bucks County IU, and Debbie Jaster, Principal of St. Joseph-St. Robert School, spoke on their history and relationship with the Bucks County program. Fourteen staff members received “Commitment” awards for 20 or more years of service in the Bucks County program.
To the delight of the crowd, Bill Backall announced the establishment of a Catapult Learning Scholarship in honor of Dr. Elizabeth O’Donnell, former Bucks County IU Director of Nonpublic School Services, who passed away in October. Made possible through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the scholarship will be for $2,500 per year for 10 years.
Overall, the evening was wonderful and filled with nostalgia, celebrating Catapult Learning’s relationship with the Bucks County IU and our school communities, and our commitment to the nonpublic school students of Bucks County.
About Catapult Learning: For nearly 40 years, Catapult Learning has been dedicated to improving academic achievement for students from Pre-K to grade 12, with a special focus on intervention for struggling learners, building teacher and instructional leader capacity, and supporting students who previously dropped out of school. Catapult Learning’s nationwide network of 4,100 teachers, coaches, and consultants partners with over 300 school districts across the country.