The advisor for the Warrior
Chapter of The Pennsylvania Technology Student Association is Mr. Richard D. Penepacker.
Mr. Penepacker graduated with
honors from the Kishacoquillas Campus of Penn Highlands High School,
(the current Indian Valley Middle School), in 1971,
and Cum Laude from Millersville State College, (the current
Millersville University of Pennsylvania), in 1975 with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Industrial Arts Education.
He was hired by Central Pennsylvania Business School,
(the current Central Pennsylvania College), where he taught,
and worked as the school's printer, for the
next two years in the Mass Communications Department.
In 1977, Mr. Penepacker returned to Mifflin County and
became an employee of the Mifflin County School District. The newly
constructed Chief Logan Middle School, (the current Highland Park
Area Elementary School), was home for the next several years
where he team-taught Industrial Arts with Mr. Carl D. Harpster, the Technology Education teacher and TSA chapter advisor at Lewistown Middle
School, (the former Lewistown-Granville High School).
During his career, Mr. Penepacker has
taught Industrial Arts/Technology Education at Chief Logan High School,
(the current Indian Valley High School), Lewistown Area High School, Kishacoquillas High School,
(the current Indian Valley Middle School) and Indian Valley
High School, (the former Chief Logan High School). He has been teaching Visual Communications and Drafting
classes at IVHS
since its inception in 1988, (following the merger of Chief Logan
High School and Kishacoquillas High School).
"Mr. P", as he is known to his students,
started the first Technology Student Association chapter in the Mifflin
County School District at Indian Valley High School. The year was 1994. This initial chapter had a total
membership of thirty-six students. The IVHS TSA chapter
has continued to grow and flourish since the establishment of that initial
chapter (see Chapter History) and has earned
many accolades, (see Chapter Awards).
Throughout his years in the field of education, Mr.
Penepacker has been an active member of many professional organizations.
He served the Technology Education Association of Pennsylvania (TEAP) Region
3C as Vice President for eight years. This region encompasses Intermediate Units #8 and #11.
Mr. Penepacker was presented with the "TEAP Outstanding Regional
Vice-President Service Award" in 2002 and was honored with TEAP's
highest honor, "The Outstanding Service Award", in 2007.
In 2003-2004, he served a term as the PA-TSA Board of
Directors President. "Mr. P" has also served a term as the 2004-2007
Member-at-Large on the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association Board of
Directors and completed the term of the 2005-2008 Member-at-Large Robert
Rudolph as Bob accepted the President-Elect position
in this fine organization.
Mr. Penepacker was honored with the Dr. Thomas
Winter Distinguished Service Award at the 2010 PA-TSA State Conference and
the TSA National Service Award during the 2010 TSA National Conference in
Baltimore, Maryland. He is also a member of Epsilon Pi Tau,
the Technology Education honor fraternity.
Outside the classroom Mr. Penepacker has a myriad of
interests and involvements. He is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Juniata Valley
Chapter of P.I.A.A. Track & Field Officials, of which he has been a member
since 1991. He is an avid student of "The War Between the
States", (being a Southern sympathizer, he rarely uses the term "Civil
War"). He has been a member of the Harrisburg Civil
War Round Table since 1976 and is a member of the Civil War Preservation
Mr. "P" also spends massive amounts of time with his
Macintosh G5 and MacBook Pro computers.
Mr. Penepacker resides in Belleville with his wife Nancy. The Penepackers have two children: Jeremy - a graduate of Kutztown University
and a Kindergarten teacher at Highland Park Area Elementary School in the Mifflin
County School District, and Erica (an IVHS TSA Alumna)
- a graduate of Edinboro University as a Psychology major with a
concentration in Mental Health and presently employed as a Mifflin County
Mental Health Probation Officer. One
grandson, Cade Andrew, and one granddaughter, Kaleigh Marie
(Jeremy and his wife Brooke's children), also get a lot of
attention from "Poppy".
Mr. Penepacker will be retiring from a thirty-six-year
teaching career at the close of the current school year, with seventeen
years as a TSA chapter advisor. It has been a good run.