PITTSTON — The Pittston Memorial Library announces that Lois Ostrowski has been named the recipient of the 2016 Jean Yates Award.
Currently, Ostrowski serves on the ad hoc committee of the Pittston Memorial Library and is chairperson of the Naming Rights and Celebration Brick Project as well as a dedicated volunteer and computer class teacher.
Ostrowski is a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Misericordia University, a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Wilkes University and participated in doctoral studies in mathematics education at The Pennsylvania State University. She is a retired Pittston Area mathematics teacher where she received the Gerard M. Musto Award for her ongoing support, interest and dedication to the high values of scholarship, service, leadership and character. While at Pittston Area, Ostrowski started the middle school’s participation in the mathcounts program.
Previously, she was an adjunct and continuing education professor in the mathematics department at The Pennsylvania State University and assistant director of the Mathematics and Computing Summer Program for Mathematically Talented Middle School Students at The Pennsylvania State University at University Park.
In addition, Ostrowski has served on The Parents’ Advisory Council of Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School and on the Dance Outreach Board of Ballet Northeast. She also volunteers with the Shamrock Heart Foundation, which assembles and delivers corsages and boutonnieres to nursing home residents on St Patrick’s Day and with the Pittston Area Key Club, which prepares meals for families in residence at The Ronald McDonald House among other service projects.
Ostrowski has been an active member of the Catholic Choral Society of Scranton for the past seven years and currently serves on its board of directors.
Ostrowski was married to the late Michael Ostrowski, who served on the Pittston Memorial Library Board of Directors at the time of his death. She also has two children Chris, New York, New York; and Samantha, New Haven, Connecticut.
The Jean Yates Award Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at the Pittston Memorial Library’s Cosgrove Community Room, 47 Broad St.
Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased by contacting the Pittston Memorial Library at 570-654-9565.
Information provided by Kelly Carroll.