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Middle States Association Honors Local Educator With Outstanding Volunteer Award: John Coble

By October 31, 2016December 30th, 2021No Comments

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools announced today that John Coble, an eighth grade English Language Arts teacher at St. Francis Academy in Bally, Pa., is the recipient of this year’s F. Laird Evans Outstanding Volunteer Award.

“Middle States volunteers share a passion for improving education worldwide and making a difference for schools and students across the globe,” said said Henry G. Cram, Ed.D., president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. “John Coble is a dedicated educator who is committed to helping schools and students continuously grow and improve through accreditation.”

Presented annually, the F. Laird Evans Outstanding Volunteer Award recognizes a dedicated volunteer who has advanced the mission of the Middle States Association to foster continuous school improvement through accreditation so all students receive the highest quality education possible. Volunteers serve on accreditation teams that evaluate schools based on an established set of protocols and standards designed to reflect proven practices in education.

F. Laird Evans is the former president of the Middles States Commission on Elementary Schools and an ardent supporter of school accreditation.

Coble holds a Master of Science in Education degree from Wilkes University. He has volunteered for Middle States since 1986 and has served as a member of the Middle States Domestic Schools Advisory Committee since 2012.

“I am honored to receive the F. Laird Evans Outstanding Volunteer Award for my work with Middle States,” said Coble. “Volunteering on an accreditation team provides a unique opportunity for educators to learn from one another and share proven practices to advance student achievement.”

About Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)
Based in Philadelphia, the Middle States Association is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 125 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development and advance student achievement. With more than 2,700 accredited schools and school systems in 34 states and nearly 100 countries, MSA-CESS is proud of its continuing legacy and its ongoing innovations to meet the challenges of improving education in the 21st century. For more information visit

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