The Lancaster public school division recently announced Katie Bavuso is the volunteer of the month for January.
For several years, Bavuso has served the school division in a number of positions, reported coordinator Sandy Armstrong.
Bavuso is head coach for the robotics program, said Armstrong. This very successful program includes two teams of students from both the middle and high schools.
Bavuso also is president of the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) at the high school. She is the secretary of the Lancaster County Public School Special Education Advisory Committee and is the coordinator for the Parent Resource Center.
She also is a tutor in the division-wide Volunteer Tutoring Program. During the past three years, she has tutored numerous students in grades 4-12. She tutors students in math, science and reading. She states that she enjoys being able to work with students on an individual basis and to help them learn by capitalizing on their strengths.
“Katie brings a wealth of experience to the Volunteer Tutoring Program,” said Armstrong.
She received her bachelor’s in chemistry and a master’s in teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University. Before starting her family, Bavuso worked as a research and development chemist at Upaco Adhesives in Richmond. Later, she worked with the VCU Partnership for People with Disabilities where she taught disabled workers about their rights. She also has experience as a substitute teacher.
In her spare time, Bavuso enjoys a variety of interests, from cooking to writing fiction. She volunteers with the White Stone Food Pantry and Habitat for Humanity. She also is an Expert Marksman with the pistol and a certified rifle instructor for the 4-H Club.
Bavuso and her husband, Sal, a family practitioner at the Bon Secours Lively Medical Center, moved to Lancaster County several years ago with their four children. Three of their children are students in Lancaster schools and their oldest child attends college.