State Honor

Lori Markloff award

Lori Markloff, center, has been named Cafeteria Manager of the Year by the School Nutrition Association of Pennsylvania. On the left is Gina Giarratana, the District's Director of Nutritional Services. On the right is Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline A. Rattigan.

WRE Cafeteria Manager Honored

Lori Markloff is much more than just the cafeteria manager at West Rockhill Elementary School. She is also a mentor, a proponent of healthy eating, a cheerleader for good behavior and a willing volunteer.

For all those reasons, Markloff has been named the School Nutrition Association of Pennsylvania's "Manager of the Year" (the first time a Pennridge employee has received the honor).

The School Board recognized Markloff's accomplishment during Monday night's meeting. "Lori is a role model for my entire staff," said Gina Giarratana, the District’s Director of Nutritional Services.

A PSD employee since 1999, Markloff helped launch the District's first school garden in 2015. She routinely uses the garden's produce in her daily menus and makes sure youngsters know it was grown just outside their classrooms.

"They love knowing where their food comes from," said Giarratana.

Markloff also allows students to redeem their Pride Paws earned for good behavior for a chance to serve their classmates during lunch, said Giarratana.

Lori has been a mentor for Intermediate Unit students and recently worked with a student in her cafeteria who has now been hired by the District as a substitute worker.

Markloff has even helped outside the cafeteria, working for the school's Fall Festival and Book Fair and at the Perkasie Farmer’s Market to spread awareness of the garden.

"I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of the Pennridge Nutritional Services of Pennridge School District and have the pleasure of working with some wonderful people," said Markloff. "West Rockhill Elementary is a ‘marvelous’ place to call my home and I truly am blessed to serve there!"