Shaler Area well represented in state Teacher of the Year contest
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 email@example.com.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.