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Cherokee Announces 2021 Teacher of the Year & Educational Services Professional of the Year

Cherokee High School has announced the 2021 Teacher of the Year and Educational Services Professional of the Year.

Marlton, NJ – Cherokee High School honors and congratulates Shannon McKenna, Special Education Teacher, as Cherokee’s 2021 Teacher of the Year and Suzanne Connolly, Guidance Counselor, as Cherokee’s 2021 Educational Services Professional of the Year.

Shannon McKenna’s friendly and positive attitude is contagious and it is obvious her students feel welcome and cared for.

The primary reason students enroll in Retail Careers and Pre-vocational classes is for the opportunity to work with Mrs. McKenna. Shannon is patient, resourceful and engaging, while always maintaining her relaxed sense of humor.

Shannon has been active in introducing DECA to our special education students.

DECA offers programs and activities for students interested in business and hospitality careers.

She works individually with each student to discover their particular niche, then prepares them for success at DECA’s local, state and national competitions.

Shannon has been inspiring students to learn and grow for many years and we are excited to award her this deserving honor.

Suzanne Connolly is respectful, non-judgmental, empathetic and a leader in the Cherokee Counseling department. It takes a combination of many traits to be a successful school counselor and Suzanne Connolly has all of them.

Pictured are Suzanne Connelly and her family (Photo provided).

As well as being well-versed in the most current counseling theories, she has an upbeat personality and positive energy that quickly fills a room. In addition to her endless counseling duties, Suzanne voluntarily manages the Cherokee Food Pantry, providing an indispensable resource for our Cherokee families in need.

She garners donations, organizes supplies and provides for every family requesting assistance.

Suzanne is truly deserving of this award.

About LRHS

The Lenape Regional High School District’s four high schools – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Seneca – as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,800 students from eight communities in Burlington County, NJ.

The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland.

The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts in the state, with an average graduation rate of 96% and an average combined SAT score of 1144.

A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’s mission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world.