During the first week of our Unsung Heroes campaign, we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Klein, the amazing school counselor from Tamanend Middle School and member of the Central Bucks Education Association. Jeff has unbounded energy, unbelievable organizational skills, and is a friend to students and colleagues alike.
His nominator said, “He is the person we all go to if there is a student we are struggling to reach and he will give us a list of strategies to try, as well as meet with the student personally.” She added, “He is more organized than any human I know, so he is able to take on more than anyone I’ve ever known.” In addition to coaching basketball, Jeff became the school’s athletic director this year, coordinates the PSSA and Keystone testing for the school, and organizes an annual Veteran’s Day Assembly. He also manages a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise funds for the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund which supports families with seriously and chronically ill children. Over the course of 19 years, during which Jeff has taken the lead for 15, the school has raised about $475,000 for this charity.
One of his nominators notes, “He’s involved with almost every aspect of the school, and he does it all with a sense of humor and a huge heart. Students, teachers, administrators, parents and other community members respect and admire Jeff.”
He plans to use the $1,000 or $2,000 grant that he will win for the school toward the design and painting of a mural for the gym. It will celebrate the school’s 20-year partnership with the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund and encourage future students to get involved. Check out the video about this amazing professional and our other Unsung Heroes and be sure to vote.