ALLENTOWN, Pa. – At Parkland School Board meetings, exceptional student achievements are often recognized by the board of school directors. However, at Tuesday evening's meeting it was one of the high school's teachers who was recognized for high achievement both in and out of the classroom.
High school Principal Jim Moniz introduced Jon Trenge of Allentown, an environmental science and astronomy teacher at his school who recently received an Apple Award presented by the Pennsylvania chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year organization.
He pointed out Trenge has been recognized for being a highly dedicated and knowledgeable teacher with the ability to implement effective and innovative instructional strategies that inspire students to learn.
Moniz further explained Apple Award winners also play vital roles in their schools and communities, and Trenge is no exception.
"Jon's classroom challenges students academically and he motivates them constantly to improve,” Moniz said. “His infectious attitude sets the stage for students to fully engage themselves in his science classroom."
Moniz said one of his key goals annually is the development of caring and nurturing learning environments for students and Trenge excels at that, he commented.
A Lehigh University graduate and former wrestling star, scoring back to back state championships in 1998 and 1999, Trenge currently serves as Parkland High's head wrestling coach since the start of the current academic year. His squad consists of 12 female wrestlers – the highest number of young women on any such high school team in the state.
Additionally and most notably, he founded, and for several years ran, Allentown's inner city youth wrestling and tutor program "Beat the Streets." The program has proven highly successful and is still ongoing. He also founded the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club.
Moniz said Trenge's revitalizing wrestling programs have lead to supporting female wrestling in the Lehigh Valley and is another example of Parkland's promotion of inclusive school practices.
Both Trenge and Moniz have been working at Parkland High School for the past eight years.