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Newsmaker: Robert Penrose - 2012 Oustanding Biology Teacher for Pennsylvania (United School District)

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Tory N. Parish
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
 

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.

Age: 43

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.”

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