First year teacher honored by professor and colleagues

Johanna K. Hartman ’07
Secondary Education major
Hometown: Columbia, PA

“I didn’t expect that when I walked down the [graduation] aisle, that I would know my professors beyond the classroom,” said Johanna Hartman ’07, magna cum laude music education graduate.

“But [at Messiah College] we do, and I now consider them colleagues.”

Hartman, a music teacher and orchestra conductor, recounts a time when Tim Dixon, assistant professor of music, visited her class at Elizabethtown Area High School. Par for the course, Dixon worked students through an extensive repertoire, conducting them as if they were already Messiah College students. “It was a great experience for the students to have a musician of his stature conducting,” said Hartman. “And it meant so much to me. I know the professors at Messiah care about my future.”

And Hartman’s future is bright. In April 2008, the Pennsylvania-Delaware String Teachers Association (PADESTA), presented her with the 2008 Outstanding New String/Orchestra Teacher Award in recognition for her “high levels of leadership, dedication, and achievement in public or private schools in the state of Pennsylvania and/or Delaware”-the association’s highest honor (

Elizabethtown Area High School principal Kathleen Griffith nominated Hartman. “She has demonstrated competencies that are many years beyond that of a beginning teacher,” said Griffith. “She uses a variety of teaching techniques to motivate and engage students; and conducts classes and performances with confidence and poise.”

Hartman, however, is quick to share the credit with her Messiah College professors. “I believe the aspect of my education at Messiah that was most influential was the very thing that inspires my teaching now: the generous, passionate, and supportive professors and staff at the College. The relationships and encouragement from my professors is still what pervades the choices I make as a teacher, as well as the very character of the person I desire to be. It’s all carried over.”   

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Posted on August 12th, 2008

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