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Elementary/Special Education, Political Science minor

Teacher at Carmichaels Area School District

Carmichaels, Pa.

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  • Waynesburg University Admissions Counselor
  • Bachelor of Arts, Waynesburg University, 2011

“As a teacher, it is imperative to be flexible and willing to explore various pathways to ensure a student’s success. I am constantly attempting new teaching tools in my classroom, and I credit this determination and willingness to Waynesburg University.”

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Secondary English Education

High School Teacher & English Department at Brockway Area High School

Brockway, Pa.

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  • Pennsylvania’s 2013 “Teacher of the Year” and finalist for 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award
  • Bachelor of Arts, Waynesburg University, 2007
  • Master of Arts, California University of Pennsylvania, 2010

“The hallmark of a good education is one that enables students’ talents to find purpose, and that is one of the many reasons why Waynesburg University is such a special place.  During my time there I was exposed to numerous educational opportunities that extended beyond the classroom and helped mold me into the man I am today.”

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The Department of Education at Waynesburg University will host the Intermediate Unit One Camp Tech Monday, Aug. 4, through Friday, Aug. 8, on the campus of Waynesburg University.

Camp Tech is a summer camp for students entering grades three through eight in the fall of 2014. Campers will work with new and upcoming technology while gaining 21st century skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning.

“Waynesburg University is pleased to once again host the Intermediate Unit One summer Camp Tech. We think that the new, full day format will provide camp participants with several expanded and innovative educational activities,” said Debra Clarke, chair of the Department of Education and assistant professor of education at Waynesburg University. “We are excited about the opportunities that Camp Tech will bring to our Greene County area elementary and middle school students.”

Students will rotate through four sessions each day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. Sessions include Lego Mind Storm NXT Robotics, Adventures in Programming, Build my World with Minecraft and Discovering Rocketry with the Space Agency Program.

In the sessions, students will work together in teams to solve various challenges in programming, robotics, cross-circular environments and the science of space. 

Registration begins Monday, March 24 and ends Friday, June 6, and space is limited to 48 participants at each site. To register, visit www.iu1.org/services/innovation-and-design

Students must attend all day. The registration fee is $120 for the week, which includes all sessions and daily snacks. Lunch will not be provided; students are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. 

Other Camp Tech sites include California University, June 23 through 27; Washington and Jefferson College, July 21 through 25; and Connellsville Junior High School, July 28 through August 1. 

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real world lessons. Students apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work and global enterprise.

For more information about Camp Tech at any location, contact Sarah D’Urzo, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 724.938.3241 x282. 

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

724.852.7675 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Waynesburg University will offer a free, online professional development series for teachers, librarians and professors presented by the University’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. The Librarians as Leaders workshop will be held Wednesday evenings from Feb. 26 to April 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Designed by and facilitated by librarian and TPS educational consultant Jennifer Hanson, the six-week workshop includes synchronous chat sessions supplemented by independent reading, peer discussions and project development outside of class. Participants can earn up to 28 PDE Act 48 activity hours over the course of the online series. 

School librarians will develop the skills and knowledge needed to bring Library of Congress TPS to colleagues. Participants will have a unique opportunity to advance their own learning and become a TPS coach in their school. 

Graduates of TPS Level 1 are welcome to apply; others are asked to complete six online modules before attending. To locate the modules, visit http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/. Those who submit certificates of completion will receive six additional PA Act 48 activity hours. 

Space is limited. To register, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LibrariansAsLeaders . For more information, contact Sue Wise at 724-852-3377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

TPS is funded through the Library of Congress and is administered through Waynesburg University. The Library of Congress TPS program was initiated at Waynesburg University in 2004 as a pilot and was officially launched by the Library of Congress in 2006. 

Waynesburg University TPS continues to serve educators throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and is a professional development provider for in-service and pre-service educators. The TPS program works with schools, universities, libraries and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist

724.852.7675 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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