Wendy Lenker-Badorf has been a vital component in the Advertising Art and Design program at Cumberland Perry AVTS for 30 years.  She has been a mentor to many new teachers showing them the ropes at CPAVTS.  She will miss the CP family, but is looking forward to travel adventures and just unwinding.

Here is a “Q” and “A” from Wendy:

How has your program changed in the time you have been at CPAVTS?

The biggest change to my program has been the introduction of the computer and Adobe software.  Many tasks that were once performed by hand are now electronic and completed in a quarter of the time!  Full color digital printing has also made a huge impact in the design field.

What is your most memorable experience at CPAVTS?

In 2010, my students were part of the winning team that built the NanoCar in the contest sponsored by Phoenix Contact in Middletown.  We did the marketing.  The Electronics teacher, 9 students, and myself won a 10-day trip to Germany that included private tours of Berlin, Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen facility, a vocational school in Frankfurt, and so much more! 

Why did you want to be a teacher?

I was intrigued when I read the ad for a Commercial Art teacher in the newspaper all those years ago.  I didn’t know much about vocational education and thought the concept of teaching something I loved to do would be fun and rewarding at the same time. 

What will you miss at or about CPAVTS?

I grew up here and have so many friends and members of my CP family who have moved on or retired before me. I will miss the people and of course it’s hard to leave my current students, especially seniors!

What are your plans after retiring?

I will be working as a “mountain host” at Roundtop Mountain Resort this winter.  My husband and I have plans to travel, ski, and ride our bikes more often. I also plan to pursue freelance design work. I am looking forward to family time and sleepovers with our granddaughter.

We wish Wendy lots of rest, relaxation, and family time during her retirement.  Thank you for your 30 years of dedication to CPAVTS.