Metzger, Serfass, and Scott form class of 2013
The Pleasant Valley School District will hold its Hall of Fame Induction ceremony for the class of 2013 on Saturday at halftime of the Stroudsburg at Pleasant Valley boys basketball game. The game will start at 7p.m.
This year's inductees are Mr. Woodrow F. Metzger, Mr. Thomas L. Serfass and Dr. Patricia B. Scott.
Following are biographies on the class of 2013:
Mr. Woodrow F. "Woody" Metzger
Metzger received his Bachelor of Science degree from King's College in 1970, and his Master's Degree from Scranton University in 1975. Woody was a Teacher, Guidance Counselor and Coach for 36 Years at Pleasant Valley.
Metzger coached the boys and girls track teams for many years at PV. During his tenure as head coach, the girls' team won 56 consecutive dual meets in a row and won 9 league championships. He also coached numerous league, district, and state medalist winners. He was named coach of the year and also won the sportsmanship award voted on by his fellow coaches. He was also recognized for the Armed Services Award.
Metzger also coached football, basketball and wrestling at pleasant Valley and also served as the Varsity Club advisor.
Metzger was the Pleasant Valley Educational Association President for 20 years. He also was a member of the Western Pocono Lions Club and the Western Pocono Jaycees. He retired from the Pleasant Valley School District in 2006 and is currently working as an assistant track coach at Pleasant Valley High School
He currently resides in Effort, PA with his wife Erlene of 41 years. He has 3 children, Nicole, Derek and Jillian.
Mr. Thomas L. Serfass
Serfass graduated from Pleasant Valley in 1974. He attended East Stroudsburg University for undergraduate school and received his PhD from Penn State University in 1994.
While in high School, Serfass was a four-year letter winner in basketball and was named the Best Defensive Player for the 1973-74 season.
Serfass is Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Biology and Natural Resources at Frostburg State University and an Adjunct Professor at the Appalachian Laboratory - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
A large portion of his research and conservation activities have focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of wildlife restoration programs and recovering wildlife populations particularly mesocarnioves.
Serfass conceived and coordinated the successful Pennsylvania River Otter and Fisher Reintroduction Projects. He has also authored over 40 journal, proceedings, popular articles, and book chapters dealing specifically with river otters, fishers, and wildlife reintroductions.
During the past 14 years, Serfass has mentored the completion of 38 MS and PhD students, conducting research ranging from evaluating the fates of river otters reintroduced in western New York to assessing the natural history and conservation value of spotted-necked otters and other wildlife at Rubondo Island National Park, Lake Victoria, Tanzania.
Serfass currently resides in Frostburg, Maryland with his wife Lisa.
Dr. Patricia B. Scott
Dr. Patricia Scott graduated from Pleasant Valley in 1984. Dr. Scott attended the University of Dayton where she attained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Secondary Education. Afterwards Dr. Scott attended Farleigh Dickson University where she attained her Master's degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication. Dr. Scott completed her education at Rutgers University where she received her PhD in Organizational Communication and Quality in 2003.
While at Pleasant Valley, Dr. Scott was the Bruin Yearbook Editor in Chief, President of the National Honor Society and captain of the silk squad in band front. She won numerous awards including the Daughters of the American Revolution award, the Pleasant Valley High School Service Award, the National School Choral Award and the Screen Actors Guild Scholarship.
While attending Dayton University, Dr. Scott was the recipient of the Alpha Phi National Scholarship as well as the Dayton Theatre Society Scholarship. She was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and the Order of the Omega Greek Honor Society as well.
Dr. Scott was also awarded the CUBIC award for creating one of the best three corporate universities in the world, and she was the winner of the National M3 1000 competition, a national business pitch competition. She has been published numerous times including her National Bestselling Book, "Getting a Squirrel to Focus: Engage and Persuade Today's Listeners." As well as being published in multiple journals throughout her career.
Currently Dr. Scott is a lecturer for the communications program at the Wharton School for the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Wharton MBA for Executives Program and the Executive Education Program at the Aresty Institute for Executive Education. She is also currently on the advisory board for the Master of Arts program in Corporate Communication for Baruch College of the City University of New York.
Dr. Scott currently resides in Media, PA with her husband Daniel and their daughter Emily.