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Students and Teachers in Pittsburgh Schools Receive Year End Honors and Awards

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Students and Teachers in Pittsburgh Schools Receive Year End Honors and
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Each year teachers across the state of Pennsylvania have the chance to
win educational grants. Only teachers of excellence are considered then
the best are chosen to receive the grants. The two thousand five hundred
dollar grants are awarded by the Teacher Excellence Center.


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schools, school, pittsburgh, pittsburgh school


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Six Pittsburgh Schools’ Teachers Honored for Excellence

Each year teachers across the state of Pennsylvania have the chance to
win educational grants. Only teachers of excellence are considered then
the best are chosen to receive the grants. The two thousand five hundred
dollar grants are awarded by the Teacher Excellence Center. This year’s
grant recipients include six Pittsburgh Schools’ teachers: Jennifer
Ernsthausen, a third-grade teacher at Burgwin Elementary School in Glen
Hazel; Karen M. Lewis, a first-grade teacher at Allard Elementary in the
Moon Area School District; Sandra McWilliams, a second-grade teacher at
Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Peters; Ron Sakolsky, a seventh-
grade history teacher at A.E. Oblock Junior High School in Plum; George
Savarese, a 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade history teacher at Mt. Lebanon
High School; and Jeffrey Schilling, a seventh-grade English teacher at
Independence Middle School in Bethel Park. These teachers were not just
chosen at random but had to submit essays and were judged in a variety of
categories by peers, parents and students. The final decisions were made
by a panel of top educators who had to choose from more than three
thousand nominees and then interviewing over one hundred finalist. In
addition to the $2,500 grant, each teacher was awarded a field trip for
their classes to the Carnegie Science Center, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG
Aquarium or the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center.

Ten Pittsburgh Schools’ Teachers Gain National Certification

In the teaching profession the highest teaching certification that a
teacher can hold is that of National Board for Professional Teaching
Standards Certification. This is a much more rigorous process than that
of state certification. Ten Pittsburgh School teachers have succeeded in
gaining National Board Certification at the end of this school year. Many
teachers and administrators consider this to be the profession's top
honor. In the purely volunteer process set by the National Board for
Professional Teaching Standards, National Board Certification is achieved
by participating in performance-based assessment that often takes up to
three years to complete and examines the teacher’s or school counselor’s
knowledge and accomplishments. The current number of National Board
Certified teachers in the Pittsburgh Schools has risen to twenty-five.

Pittsburgh Women’s Service Club Announces Scholarships

The Zonta Club of Pittsburgh, a professional women’s
service organization, in cooperation with Pittsburgh Schools will award
thirteen female students with scholarships. The Zonta Club is a group
that aims to promote and unite successful women in fields such as
business, academia, healthcare, government, social services and the arts
through a commitment to service. The Pittsburgh chapter was chartered in
1934. Zonta International was founded in 1919 and now has over 35,000
members in seventy countries. The Pittsburgh area Zonta Club with the
Pittsburgh Schools awarded three seniors and ten juniors with Amelia
Earhart Awards and Scholarships. The ten juniors received Amelia Earhart
Awards for exhibiting the ideals of Zonta by persevering to become
contributing members of their schools and communities. Three seniors
pursuing postsecondary education will receive two Amelia Earhart
Scholarships and one Duquesne Light Amelia Earhart Scholarship of $2,500
each.

				
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