SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education, Press Release, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the 2018 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year finalists.“Teachers spend their lives educating, empowering, listening, mentoring, guiding, inspiring, serving, and supporting each of their students,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud each of these educators for their hard work and for earning this important recognition.”The 2018 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year finalists are:Laura Bitler, Daniel Boone High School, Daniel Boone Area School DistrictTim Dzurko, Altoona Area Junior High School, Altoona Area School DistrictChristina Frank, Montour High School, Montour School DistrictAdam Gebhardt, Jefferson Elementary School, West Jefferson Hills School DistrictAaron Goldfarb, Media Elementary School, Rose Tree Media School DistrictLinda Granite, Marshall Elementary School, North Allegheny School DistrictGeorgette Hackman, Cocalico Middle School, Cocalico School DistrictBarbara Kurtz, Meadville Area Senior High School, Crawford Central School DistrictGregory Mason, Shaler Area High School, Shaler Area School DistrictLara Miller Owlett, Mount Pleasant Area Junior Senior High School, Wellsboro Area School DistrictBrandy Spielman, Waynesboro Area Middle School, Waynesboro Area School DistrictJennifer Wahl, Loyalsock Township High School, Loyalsock Township School DistrictThe 12 educators were nominated by students, parents, colleagues and members of the community who wish to recognize their achievements both in and outside the classroom.“Teaching is more than a profession — it is a calling,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “This year’s finalists represent the countless dedicated Pennsylvania educators whose work is changing the lives of their students and shaping our communities.”The finalists must be prepared to effectively carry out the duties of the state’s Teacher of the Year, including being Pennsylvania’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year. Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year, which was founded in 1995.The Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year will be announced in December 2017 in Hershey at the SAS Institute, PDE’s annual professional development conference for educators.Pennsylvania’s 2017 Teacher of the Year is Michael Soskil, an educator of 19 years, who currently teaches science to third through fifth graders at Wallenpaupack South Elementary School in Pike and Wayne counties.Rivera said that nominations for Teacher of the Year can be submitted all year long by students, community members, parents, or teachers, by completing a nomination form at http://nnstoy.org/chapter/pennsylvania/. Governor Wolf Announces 2018 Teacher of the Year Finalists April 13, 2017
…promises to get tough on corruptionBy Jarryl BryanFormer Housing and Water Minister Irfaan Ali, who was also the Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister, has emerged as the choice of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for presidential candidate after its Central Committee voted on Saturday at Freedom House.Ali was elected through secret ballot, by a vote of 24 versus the 11 Central Committee votes garnered by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall. Ali and Nandlall were the only two who contested after Dr Frank Anthony, Dr Vindhya Persaud and Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira withdrew from the race on Saturday.Following the vote, Ali pledged that as President his mission would include delivering goods and services to everyone in Guyana, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, or social status.“I’m very delighted to be given the opportunity to lead a party with such a great history and I want to assure you that I’m committed to the programmes of the PPP, the policies of the PPP, which has as its fundamentals the delivery of key and essential goods and services to all Guyanese…the PPP… and I am committed to the development of all Guyanese.“The Party has a serious stance on corruption. And one of the ideas I put out in my quest for the nomination is for strong laws criminalising certain things. For example, the non-declaration of resources when received. If it’s not declared within a certain time, there must be strong laws that criminalise such acts and it must be clear what the consequences are.”YouthAccording to Ali, his involvement in the PPP since his teens and his relative youth allow him to be in tune with what the people and, particularly youths, need. Added to this, according to Ali, is the fact that he has wide experience in Government at a technical, macro-project implementation level.“The fact that our party elected a young person shows that we are committed to young people not only by talk, but by action. I’ve had long experience in Government, in policy formulation and implementation of massive projects. I worked at the State Planning Secretariat. I headed the Caribbean Development Bank project planning unit. I functioned for seven years in Cabinet. I’m the Opposition spokesperson on finance.”“So I think the difficulties we have to face ahead of us, with the joblessness that exists, our rising debt, the poor implementation of the Public Sector Investment Programme, the downturn in the economy, issues with investors’ confidence, these are huge issues and I haven’t even mentioned oil and gas and the massive transformational projects needed to take Guyana forward, I think my experience allows me to work alongside the team to move Guyana forward.”Committed to manifestoIn a statement after the vote thanking everyone who supported him, Ali made his commitment to the PPP’s work programme clear. He noted that he has the added ability to deliver these programme goals to the people, owing to his groundings in the Party and his unique perspective of the challenges facing Guyanese.“I see myself as part of a broader team that will advance an agenda, which has as its primary focus, the people of our country. I commit, fully, to the programme of the Party as it relates to delivering greater prosperity and progress for all our people, regardless of race, religion, or gender, as well as to ensure the advancement of our nation.“I am glad that the campaign is over,” he continued in his statement. “I hope that the rumour-mongering, which was clearly intended to spread division in our ranks and to disparage me and the other candidates, will now stop.”Meanwhile, the PPP, in a statement, said that the four other contenders congratulated Ali and pledged their support to working towards a PPP/Civic victory after the vote.Ali, 38, attended Saints Stanislaus College and has been a member of the PPP for over 20 years, starting at the Party’s youth arm. He has also been a part of the leadership for 15 years, during which time he held the position of Finance Secretary for several years.In his professional experience before he became a Minister, Ali worked as an economic planner, also chairing a Project Steering Committee on the Low-Income Settlement Committee.He also worked as the National Programme Coordinator of local Caribbean Development Bank funded programmes. When he did become a Minister in 2009, he went on to serve in the Cabinet for seven years; holding the portfolios of Minister of Housing and Water and Minister of Tourism, Industry, and Commerce.