Martina K. Fegan, an English teacher at Greencastle-Antrim High School, has been awarded the 2007 Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Human and Civil Rights Award for Educational Leadership by the Pennsylvania State Education Association board of directors and the PSEA Human and Civil Rights selection committee. This award is one of three prestigious awards presented annually by PSEA.
Fegan was nominated by Becky Leonard, a teacher at Fairview Elementary School in Waynesboro, Pa.
Fegan tries to "help students understand the consequences of prejudice, racism, and hatred in all its ugly forms" and notes that "everything we do affects others, even what we do not do." In her classes she stresses the consequences of silence and indifference to the suffering of others, and the necessity for individuals to make a difference. During the past 12 years, many of her students have won awards and recognition for their work fighting intolerance and genocide. For example, this year several of her students helped raise more than $1,000 to benefit orphaned children, victims of the genocide in the Sudan and Darfur. Many students have also won writing and art awards.