Pitcher Honored for Contributions to WEDF
Retiring WEDF president Stephen Pitcher was awarded the Dr. Stephen Mills Award for Advancing the Mission of the Worcester Educational Development Foundation at the June board meeting.
Pitcher has been president of WEDF for the last seven years, bringing strong financial and non-profit management to the organization.
Steve is a graduate of North High School and resides in Worcester with his wife, Cindy. Steve and Cindy’s three adult children are Doherty alumni.
The board also elected Stephen Mills as Interim president of WEDF. Mills retired as Superintendent of the Acton-Boxboro Public Schools, was Deputy Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools, and served on the Worcester School Committee. He is currently the director of the Center for Effective Instruction at Worcester State University.
Mills is a graduate of Burncoat High School, and his three adult children are also Doherty alumni.
Olivia Guerra Wins WEDF’s Gurel Award
The winner of the 2019 Dr. Lee Gurel Award is Olivia Guerra and her teacher, Catherine Doyle.
Ms. Guerra was picked by lottery from a pool of students who received the highest ranking score in Advanced Placement English. The cash award will assist Olivia with college related fees and expenses.
Dr. Gurel endowed WEDF with funds to honor his Woodland Street Preparatory English teacher, Miss Wilmot.
Dr. Gurel is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Worcester Public Schools who enjoyed a long career as a research psychologist with the Veterans Administration. Dr. Gurel’s philosophy is that we all owe a debt to the teachers and institutions that equip us for fuller, more enriched lives.