Michele Fonte and one of her students.

LIMERICK PA – Michele Fonte, a fourth grade learning support teacher at Upper Providence Elementary School in the Spring-Ford Area School District and last year’s winner of the Teacher of the Year award presented by the Pennsylvania Council of Exceptional Children (PACEC), has been named as the 2010 commencement speaker for Montgomery County Community College.

The graduation ceremony is scheduled to be held May 20 at 7 p.m. in the Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia PA.

Fonte’s selection as commencement speaker ties into the college’s work in the area of student success, MCCC spokeswoman Alana Mauger said. Through its Student Success Initiative, the college has implemented curricular, co-curricular and support services that focus on improving graduation and transfer rates, she added.

Fonte is an MCCC alumna and Pennsburg resident. She registered for her first class at age 41, after spending the previous part of her life wanting to be a teacher. She graduated from the College in 2000 with an associate’s degree in elementary education.

She continued her education at Kutztown University, earning a bachelor’s degree in education with certifications in elementary and special education, and at Wilkes University, where she earned a master’s degree in educational development and strategies and a letter of endorsement in teacher leadership and instructional coaching.

In addition to the PACEC award, Fonte was also nominated for the Great American Teacher of the Year Award from The Ron Clark Academy and Great American Financial Resources Inc. in 2009, and the American Stars of Teaching Award from the U.S. Department of Education in 2007.

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