Baldwin-Whitehall superintendent honored with JA award
Baldwin-Whitehall Superintendent Randal Lutz was selected as the 2013 Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania Educator of the Year.
He is to be honored at a ceremony at 4 p.m. June 27 at the The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh hotel.
“It's really an honor,” Lutz said. “It's a recognition for the district because of the work that so many people around the district do. It's a great organization.”
Educators are nominated for the award by school board members, teachers and staff involved with the Junior Achievement program.
Lutz grew up in Baldwin Borough and has held many roles in the school district as teacher, principal and coach. Superintendent for one year, Lutz said his goals are closely related to student growth and high academic achievement.
The district has been a longtime partner with Junior Achievement, but what stuck out was Lutz's support in bringing JA to the refugee community, said Dennis Gilfoyle, local JA president.
This included the involvement of current Pittsburgh University-Greater Allegheny sophomore Diwas Timsina. While at Baldwin, Timsina used his experiences with JA to educate students at Paynter Elementary School. He also was the recipient of the Robert J. Schuler Scholarship for $1,000.
“We've been giving out this award for 11-12 years, maybe even longer,” Gilfoyle said. “As the year went on, we were getting multiple nominations from different people for Dr. Lutz. It became pretty clear to us that he was the top choice.”
Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or email@example.com.
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