Agnes Steppe has been recognized as the Lycoming County Chapter of Pennsylvania Association of School Retires Volunteer of the Year at a recent luncheon at the Pine Run United Methodist Church.
Steppe amassed nearly 2,600 volunteer hours during 2012. Those hours were distributed across five categories - education, social service, service to the youth, religious activities and political activities.
A graduate of the former Lock Haven State College, now Lock Haven University, Steppe earned a degree in elementary education and early childhood education. She also received a master's degree in education in the same areas from Bloomsburg University.
All of her 36 years in education were spent in Williamsport Area School District. She began her teaching career in Woodward Township Elementary School teaching kindergarten and later went on to teach both 2nd and 4th grade.
She then went to teach at Jackson Elementary. She retired in 2006 from Round Hills Elementary School after 23 years of teaching kindergarten. Steppe is the mother of four children, three sons and a daughter. She also has four granddaughter. Her volunteer hours were accumulated at Pine Run United Methodist Church, where she taught Bible School and helped with church dinners. She also provides meals for shut-ins and drives people to and from medical appointments.
She has volunteered at the Clinton County Head Start and the majority of her volunteer time has been spent caring for others who were ill.