Each year, PCEA chooses a Loretta Quinlan Award winner. With the Loretta Quinlan Award comes a $1,000 scholarship that the winner has the honor of presenting to a graduating student from his or her local.
The Awards nights for 2016, was held at the Hotel 1620, Plymouth, MA. (Formerly called Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor) on April 3, and 4, 2017.
Below are some of the 2017 recipients
|Kimberly Orcutt, winner of the 2017 Loretta Quinlan Award|
Loretta W. Quinlan was born in 1894 and graduated from Whitman High School in 1912. She attended a three-year program at Bridgewater College and graduated in 1915. She started teaching in the Whitman Schools that fall, teaching grade five for many years. She then taught grade seven and finished her career as an English teacher.
She retired from Whitman Schools in 1964. The school committee voted to keep her on staff for the remainder of the 1964 school year although she reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 on May 15, 1964.
The Loretta Quinlan Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association to a member of the Association who best exemplifies the objectives of the Plymouth County Education Association. The recipient of this award is chosen from the nominees for Citation Awards. The Loretta Quinlan Award is given each spring to a member of the PCEA who exhibits outstanding service in all three of these areas: profession, association, and community.
Ms. Quinlan was a life member of the NEA, MTA, and PCEA as well as the past President of PCEA, MTA, and the Massachusetts Retired Teachers’ Association. She received an honorary doctorate from Stonehill College.
The NEA Bicentennial Award was presented to Ms. Quinlan at the NEA Convention in Miami in 1976 as one of five women selected for having played an important part in elevation the standards of the united Teaching Profession. She also received an award from the MTA for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Education.
She was honored further for serving as chairperson of the MTA Committee that effected the building of the first permanent MTA Headquarters at 20 Ashburton Place in Boston.
In 1960, Ms. Quinlan was the first recipient of the PCEA Annual Award. The award was renamed in her honor in 1978. Mary Alden, PCEA President in 1978, stated, “Loretta Quinlan has been an inspiration to her educational colleagues throughout her years as a classroom teacher, an association leader, and a retired teachers’ advocate since her retirement. It is most fitting that the PCEA Board honor Miss Quinlan in this manner.”
LORETTA QUINLAN AWARD WINNERS
|2017 Kimberly Orcutt-Silver Lake
2016 Lisa Whitney-Halifax