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Shaler Area well represented in state Teacher of the Year contest

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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Shaler Area School District boasts one of the largest groups of semifinalists in the 2015 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year contest in the district's history.

The six teachers who have been named semifinalists are Peter Brough, a physical-education teacher at Burchfield Primary, and five high school teachers, Nicole Kutzner, math; Jade Leung, science; Adam Rosenwald, physical education; Paul Stadelman, math; and Timothy Taylor, science.

“They are phenomenal teachers who clearly go above and beyond their professional duties to help children succeed, not only in school, but in life,” said Tim Royall, Shaler Area High School principal. “To have so many representatives from the Shaler Area School District sends a powerful message about the high-quality teachers that we have here.”

The National Teacher of the Year program began in 1952 to honor excellence in teaching, with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Teacher of the Year program starting in 1995.

Candidates for the competition must be nominated and complete a nomination packet to be reviewed and scored by the Pennsylvania chapter selection committee. The selection committee will name the finalists in May, and the 2015 state Teacher of the Year will be announced in December.

“I think it does … get some recognition for the dedicated staff we have,” said Jeff Rojik, principal of Burchfield Primary, who is proud a primary teacher is represented in the list of semifinalists.

“For the district, we talk about changing the culture of learning as far as putting a focus on our students and achieving more than we have in the past, and if we have teachers like Pete, I definitely see us making a lot of strides in the future.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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