Shawn Beard Honored as Outstanding Employee

Shawn Beard, Penn Manor’s Enterprise Systems Engineer, was recently honored as an outstanding district employee for 2015.

Shawn’s is a somewhat elusive member of the PM Technology Team. His day-to-day tasks are often performed behind the curtain–but without him, we’d notice. Shawn is responsible for managing and maintaining our most complex and critical technical infrastructure. He diligently and expertly wrangles district networks and servers, and solves our toughest engineering issues. We call this stuff virtualization, IP routing, DNS, firewall rules, and SSL. To students and staff it means: “Hurray, the Internet is working!”

Shawn joined my team in the fall of 2000, and he has been instrumental in the design and launch of nearly every major IT system at Penn Manor. I have tremendous admiration for Shawn as a colleague and technologist. Year after year, he sets new records for technical excellence. He is incessantly innovative, and his work translates into outstanding learning experiences for our students. I’m so proud that he has been an integral part of my team, and the Penn Manor family, for the past 15 years. Cheers to my IT partner, Shawn Beard!

Three other district rock stars were also recognized. Amy Wiggins, Central Manor fourth-grade teacher, and Melissa McMichael, high school special-education teacher, were honored as Outstanding Educators of the Year. Dottie Bleacher, Marticville Middle School secretary, was named Outstanding Secondary Employee of the Year. Congratulations to this amazing group!