Multiple local teachers from Pennsylvania named ‘Teacher of the Year’ finalists

Teachers from several local counties have been nominated to be named Pennsylvania’s 2023 “Teacher of the Year.”

Educators have been nominated from Allegheny, Beaver, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

The nominated teachers are:

  • Ryan Hardesty, Blackhawk School District, Beaver County

  • Abbey Nilson, Shaler Area School District, Allegheny County

  • Ashlee Peters-Roberts, Burrell School District, Westmoreland County

  • Jason Turka, Bethel Park School District, Allegheny County

  • Melissa Unger, South Fayette Township School District, Allegheny & Washington counties

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) looks for teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching and offer outstanding academic contributions to students of the state. Teachers of grades K-12 can be nominated for the honor.

The winner of the award will be announced in Harrisburg in the fall.


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