Leaders in the Classroom Recognized at Heinz Field!

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were not the only champions during last Sunday's match-up with the Cleveland Browns, as sixteen teachers from around southwestern PA and northern West Virginia were recognized at Heinz Field for their exceptional classroom efforts!

Sixteen teachers from Southwestern PA and Northern West Virginia recognized as Leaders in the Classroom at the Steelers vs. Browns game. (Picture courtesy of www.steelers.com.)

The Pittsburgh Steelers, Chevron, Remake Learning, the Grable Foundation, Intermediate Unit 1, Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3, and Inventionland teamed up for the Leaders in the Classroom program to recognize southwestern PA and northern West Virginia teachers, whose engaging instruction and curriculum significantly impacts the region's pre-K to 12th-grade students.

The Leaders in the Classroom Award is dedicated to honoring teachers who are making a significant difference in the lives of students across the region by providing engaging instruction and curriculum, encouraging lifelong learning and inspiring a passion for education beyond the classroom and into the future. Recipients of this award received funding for classroom supplies, Steelers tickets, and $1,000 credit from the Inventionland Institute to be used towards the Inventionland Institute curriculum catalog. IU1 would like to congratulate the following local IU1 Leaders in the Classroom:

  • Timothy Barnes from West Greene High School
  • Christy Gulich from Brownsville Area High School
  • Kevin McKee from IU1 Colonial Campus
  • Renee Cambruzzi from McGuffey High School
  • Eric Selva from IU1 Educational Campus at East Franklin
  • Kimberely Bizik from Lafayette Middle Elementary School
  • Brian Griffin from Peters Township Middle School

During a pre-game ceremony on Sunday, Inventionland founder and Chief Executive Officer George Davison congratulated and honored the passionate classroom leaders, noting how he was especially inspired by the group, which included three educators that currently utilize Inventionland's innovative STEAM-based classroom curriculum.

"We've seen inspiring educators teaching the Inventionland course in their schools and we couldn't be happier to see them nominated as some of the best influencers of our youth today. I feel very proud to be able to stand up here with them and recognize their contribution to our youth," said Davison. Davison said that he hopes Inventionland's curriculum and participation in programs like Leaders in the Classroom continue to motivate both teachers and students.

Congratulations to all teachers who received the Leader in the Classroom award for their dedication to their students and exceptional effort in the classroom. IU1 wishes them all the best in the remainder of the school year and all future endeavors!