Newsmaker: Robert Penrose
Noteworthy: The National Association of Biology Teachers in McLean, Va., will present to Penrose the 2012 Pennsylvania Outstanding Biology Teacher Award this month. Co-presenters are Prentice Hall publishers and Duquesne University Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.
Residence: Brush Valley
Family: Wife, Rebecca; daughters, Jordan, 14, and Ashley, 11
Occupation: Teaches life and physical sciences at United Junior/Senior High School, Indiana County
Background: Penrose became an educator because he liked kids, science and coaching. He coaches the boys track team at United. During his 20 years at the school, he has taught Advanced Placement biology and environmental studies.
Education: Bachelor's degree in secondary education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; master's in education, Gannon University
Quote: “The best part about teaching is getting to know the kids and getting to see them when they finally understand.”