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PAHS’ Rodney Thompson: Teacher, student must work together toward success

May 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One year of teaching at the Punxsutawney Area High School was apparently enough time for Rodney Thompson to make an impact on students and the community, as he was named the high school “Teacher of the Year” in The Punxsutawney Spirit’s annual contest Tuesday.

After 11 years of teaching at Clearfield County Career & Technology Center (CCCTC), Thompson was hired at PAHS to teach computer applications, introduction to business and accounting in grades eight through 12.

Kerin Mesanko: God called her at a perfect time for a perfect position at PCS

May 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thus far, Kerin Mesanko’s teaching career has consisted of two very what she calls “shocking” moments.

The first was being named the valedictorian of her class at Penn State University in 2005. The second was Tuesday, when she was named the elementary “Teacher of the Year” in The Punxsutawney Spirit’s annual contest.

“I am so blessed to be here,” Mesanko said in front of her class of “14 amazing students” in kindergarten at the Punxsutawney Christian School. “This is such an awesome class, and it’s easy to teach when the kids are eager to learn.”

PAMS’ Alan Major: 35 years seems like he started yesterday

May 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One would think that after 35 years in the same job, a person wouldn’t be surprised by anything. But ask Alan Major, who was chosen as The Spirit’s middle school “Teacher of the Year” Tuesday, and he’ll say that’s not the case.

Major, who has taught in the district for 35 years, has previously won The Spirit award, as well as Wal-Mart’s “Teacher of the Year” contest several years ago.

Major teaches fourth-grade standard math, mixed science and social studies.

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