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Representative Chrissy Houlahan Tours TCHS Pickering

Phoenixville, PA – The Technical College High School (TCHS) Pickering Campus was honored to host Representative Chrissy Houlahan to tour its campus, learn about its career readiness program and meet with TCHS administrators, instructors and students. 

When Representative Houlahan arrived at TCHS Pickering, she was warmly greeted by TCHS Principal Erin Petters, TCHS Assistant Principal Patricia Binkley, CCIU Executive Director Dr. George F. Fiore, Assistant Executive Director Dr. Steve Gerhard and several CCIU administrators. She then toured the campus and visited the Social Studies classroom, Health Career Pathways classroom, Commercial Art & Design Media classroom and Electronics Systems Technology classroom to meet the instructors and observe the students’ projects. During her visit to the Social Studies classroom, she introduced herself to the students, spoke to them about her background and experiences and discussed her legislative priorities. 

During her tour, Representative Houlahan also met with Special Education Teacher Laura McGinley and congratulated her for receiving the Clase Nobel Educator of Distinction award. They spoke about the amazing things McGinley is achieving with her students. “My recent visit to TCHS Pickering reminded me once again how special our community is and how fortunate we are to have exemplary teachers like Laura McGinley, recipient of the Claes Nobel Teacher of Distinction award,” said Representative Houlahan. 

This past October, McGinley was recognized with the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award, a special program within the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) that honors educators worldwide. McGinley was nominated by one of her students for her outstanding dedication to excellence in education and because of the difference she is making in her students’ lives. 

At the end of the tour, Representative Houlahan was welcomed by a room full of TCHS Pickering STEM students. The group of students had the opportunity to ask her questions and talk to her about their interests while also enjoying delicious food made by TCHS Pickering culinary arts students. “Spending time with our students and educators is one of my favorite experiences. Despite the many challenges of the past 20 months, it’s wonderful to see their collaborative efforts in action and I’m so proud to represent all of them in Washington, D.C.,” said Representative Houlahan. 

Representative Houlahan concluded, “I hope to return to a TCHS campus soon and learn more about the various career pathways offered to our students that well prepare them for the workforce and the economy of the 21st century.” 

For more information about TCHS Pickering, a part-time, public high school of choice specializing in career and technical education for students in grades 9-12, visit TCHS Pickering's website