PASC Advisor of the Year
Mrs. Nicole Ciaramella was named the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils District 3 Adviser of the Year in March of 2016. Then, in November of 2016, she was named the Pennsylvania Adviser of the Year. Now, she is a regional finalist representing Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Maryland. As a regional finalist, she is eligible for the national award, which will be given in June at the National Association of Student Councils Conference.
Consortium for Public Education's Champion of Learning Award 2017
Congratulations to High School history teacher, Mr. Bob Rodrigues! Mr. Rodrigues received the Consortium for Public Education’s 2017 Champion of Learning Award! “Our Champions awards are designed to celebrate individuals, businesses and organizations that create or support outstanding learning experiences across western Pennsylvania,” said Patti Hoke, Program Director at the Consortium for Public Education. Mr. Rodrigues received the award in the Classroom Teaching category
Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding History Teacher 2016
High School history teacher, Mr. Bob Rodrigues, was recognized by the Pennsylvania State Society Daughter of the American Revolution (PSSDAR) as the 2016 Outstanding American History Teacher. In addition, Mr. Rodrigues received second place recognition for Outstanding American History Teacher at the national level by the National Society Daughter of the American Revolution. This honor recognizes Mr. Rodrigues’ incisive knowledge of American history and his ability to relate history to modern life and events. He challenges his students daily and encourages them to constantly strive for excellence both in and out of his classroom.
Carnegie Science Award Honorable Mention 2016
Middle School science teacher, Mrs. Robin Whitaker, received an “Honorable Mention” in the Middle Level Education category of the 2016 Carnegie Science Awards. Mrs. Whitaker brings her passion for teaching into her seventh grade science classroom every day with incredible amounts of energy and enthusiasm for learning. Students flourish in the rich, caring environment she creates.
Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Award 2016
Mr. Jeffrey Macek was the 2016 recipient of hte Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh's J. Kevin Scanlon Award for the Promotion of Science! This award recognizes Mr. Macek’s role in furthering and enhancing STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) education at Chartiers Valley and throughout Western Pennsylvania. Mr. Macek’s knowledge, creativity and determination make him an outstanding teacher in the Applied Engineering and Technology Department at Chartiers Valley High School. He always goes above and beyond his regular classroom duties to ensure our students have access the classes, programs, technology, equipment and trained teachers. Mr. Macek played a critical role in helping Charteirs Valley transform “Tech Ed” into the “Applied Engineering and Technology Department” and creating the Engineering Academy and Certificate Program. He also helped bring Project Lead The Way courses to Chartiers Valley and even established the school’s own FIRST robotics team.
PYPO Outstanding Music Educator Award
Chartiers Valley Intermediate School orchestra teacher, Mrs. Martha Kandrack received the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (PYPO) Outstanding Music Educator Award for 2016! The award recognizes her enthusiasm, talent, devotion and commitment to youth and music. She was presented with the award during the PYPO annual spring concert at South Fayette High School on April 10, 2016.
University of Pittsburgh's 2015 Pre-K–12 Educator Award
Dr. Brian White Jr. was recognized for his outstanding work as the Chartiers Valley School District superintendent at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education Awards. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the school district, this award recognizes Dr. White's ability to engage the community and facilitate a comprehensive strategic plan. Currently, Dr. White is leading the district through the construction of a new high school and middle school.
Unboxed Teacher 2015
Primary School teacher, Mrs. Nicole Bazner, has been recognized as “Unboxed Teachers” by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Mrs. Bazner received this recognition for her innovative and creative approach to teaching. Unboxed teachers are awarded a $2,000 grant for their classroom. The grant may be used to buy equipment that encourages students to use their imagination and get up and moving. The unboxed teacher recognition is made possible with support from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Leadership Pittsburgh, the Grable Foundation and the Pittsburgh Foundation.
United Way "Be There" Award 2014
Vickie Pava, Chartiers Valley Intervention Center teacher, received the United Way's "Be There" award. The "Be There" award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to motivate kids to succeed in school and in life. Mrs. Pava goes above and beyond to get to know each of her students as individuals. She works with all students daily to monitor their progress and encourage them to challenge themselves. Through a positive reward system, Mrs. Pava tracks student progress and offers rewards when they accomplish their goals. With the support and guidance of Mrs. Pava, students are achieving success in the Intervention Center.
Unboxed Teacher 2014
Middle School and High School Digital Media Specialist, Mr. Alan Welding has been recognized as “Unboxed Teachers” by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Mr. Welding was recognized for his instrumental contribution to transforming the old High School/ Middle School library into the Digital Media Center. Those recognized as Unboxed Teachers have the opportunity to attend the “Unboxed, Edges of Learning” invitation-only event for Pittsburgh’s influential changemakers from businesses, foundations and academic organizations hosted by Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. The unboxed teacher recognition is made possible with support from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Leadership Pittsburgh, the Grable Foundation and the Pittsburgh Foundation.
Carnegie Science Award 2012
High School teacher, Mrs. Jodi King, received the Carnegie Science Center award for Best High School Educator. The biology teacher of 19 years was recognized for her work in implementing a case study program for Chartiers Valley’s science department. These case studies were designed to create a more cohesive science program by showing connections between biology, chemistry and physics. Mrs. King’s goal is to have case studies that a student can follow from 9th grade biology, through chemistry, physics and into his or her AP science class senior year. She has been collaborating with her colleagues in the science department to make her goal become a reality.
Tristate Area Study Council's Distinguished School Board
The Chartiers Valley Board of School Directors has been selected as one of Tri-State Area School Study Council’s D. Richard Wynn Distinguished School Boards. This award recognizes the hard work of School Boards, placing the winners in the highest tier of educational administration. The Chartiers Valley Board of School Directors began to actively participate in a self-reflection process in an effort to reevaluate how the board made decisions. Following their self-reflection, the Board members authorized the implementation of a strategic planning process that engaged administrators, teachers, students, parents and the community. This new strategic plan helped refocus the School Board and the school district on the ultimate goal – making a positive impact on kids.
Awards and Honors
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