June 14, 2008

Latrobe Teacher Vying for Top Award

A Greater Latrobe School District English teacher is one of 12 finalists for the 2009 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year award.

Rebecca Snyder, an English teacher in the district's senior high school, will vie for the title to be announced in October.

Snyder, who also heads the high school's Language Arts department, was nominated for the honor by Principal Georgia Teppert.

"She just goes way beyond a classroom teacher," Teppert said yesterday after the state Department of Education announced the finalists. "Before and after school, she's always with kids, working with kids, tutoring kids."

The person selected as the state Teacher of the Year will serve as a spokesperson for teachers across the state. They will also be Pennsylvania's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year, selected in the spring of 2009.

Snyder serves as co-director of the school's spring musical and leads professional development programs for her fellow educators.

"She is really a first-class educator," said Greater Latrobe Superintendent Dr. William Stavisky. "She makes Shakespeare and literature come alive for the kids."

Snyder could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Originally published by The Tribune-Review.

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