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Our All-Pro Teacher

Our own Science Department Chair and Chemistry Teacher Annamaria Guille was selected as an outstanding teacher by the Philadelphia Eagles and Nouryon, a global specialty chemical company, for her contribution to her students, school, and community .

Now in its ninth year, the All-Pro Teachers program honors exceptional 5th through 12th grade teachers in the region for their commitment to education.  Guille was nominated by fellow teacher Amy Varacalli. 

Both Sun Valley teacher Varacalli and Pennell teacher Maureen Irving volunteer their time with the Eagles Autism Challenge and heard about the program to honor teachers.  Varacalli immediately thought of Guille.

"The nomination form asked for nominations of teachers who taught STEM subjects," explained Varacalli.  "I thought of Annamaria Guille right away. I have heard her students speak highly of her and her class for years... and they always have positive things to say about Mrs. Guille’s class, her activities, and her high standards."

Both Guille and Varacalli attended the event to honor teachers at the Hyundai Club at Lincoln Financial Field.  They were greeted by Swoop, Eagles cheerleaders, and executives from both the Eagles and the Nouryon organization.  Each table had the nominee's personalized football as a centerpiece and each honoree attended with their family.  In addition to a buffet and special program where each honoree shared their experiences, the attendees were treated to a keynote presentation by Kylie Kelce.

Mrs. Guille is a Sun Valley graduate who earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry at Elizabethtown College where she also played soccer. She then started working as the goalkeeping coach for Widener University Women's Soccer, and a Process Development Chemist at Lonza Group. She was laid off after 9/11. 

Coincidentally, Sun Valley HS needed a chemistry teacher at the time, so she attended Widener University to get her master's degree and certification in Secondary Education and began her teaching career. She is in her 21st year at Sun Valley, where she has taught all levels of chemistry from co-taught to AP. She has also spent time as the varsity girls' soccer head coach, the varsity girl's lacrosse assistant coach, and the Northley middle school girls' lacrosse coach.

Additionally, Guille is the Science Department Chair, serves on the safety committee, has worked with student athletes on the College Bound Student Athlete Committee, and participates in the Pie-a-teacher fundraiser each year. 

Guille has volunteered in her community as a travel soccer coach, and a coach and director for the Springfield AA girl's lacrosse program. Whether in the classroom or on the field, she is always positive and enthusiastic. She continues to find new ways to help her students and athletes enjoy their experiences while they develop their confidence and a love for learning science or their sport.

Guille is married to her husband, Mike, who is a special education teacher, and they have two daughters, Jaclyn (16) and Madison (13), and their dog Lucky. The whole family loves cheering on all the Philly sports teams, but especially the Eagles! Anna has been a lifelong Eagles fan with a list of favorite players over the years. 

Mike planned their engagement by telling Anna that Hugh Douglas was coming to teach his class the Eagle's Fight Song, so that she would come to his school on her lunch break to see him! She went to watch the excitement but received a totally different surprise than expected!

Guille was honored at the special event with nine other recipients.