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Avon Grove English teacher wins Citadel Heart of Learning Award

Avon Grove High School English teacher Robert Gregory was not expecting to have his family walk through his classroom doors and interrupt a Monday morning English test, but the confusion turned to excitement when he realized he was being presented with a special award.

Gregory is the winner of the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, a recognition sponsored by Citadel Credit Union and the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) that honors teachers from across the greater Philadelphia area who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their students, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Representatives from Citadel and the CCIU, along with school administrators and Gregory’s family members, were present to share the special moment and hear the heartfelt words of support for his nomination. 

After the surprise award presentation, Gregory expressed his appreciation for the recognition. “It’s very gratifying to know that other people appreciate the hard work that we as teachers put in,” he said.

With 19 years of teaching experience, 17 of which have been at Avon Grove, Gregory is a beloved member of the faculty who is known for keeping class fun and engaging. His “joke of the day” is a favorite among his students who describe him as caring and passionate. 

His impact on campus goes beyond the classroom. With a background in sports broadcasting, Gregory has lent his voice to Avon Grove sporting events, becoming a well-recognized presence among the student-athletes. 

Gregory said he loves teaching teenagers and has a lot to learn from them. 

“These students can bounce back while working really hard,” he said. “They teach me to be flexible and resilient.”