Congratulations to the 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year

December 6, 2012

Remarks as prepared:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Ryan Devlin, of Brockway, Pennsylvania, on receiving the 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award.  

Ryan is the youngest educator to receive this esteemed award.  His recognition also marks the second consecutive year in which the recipient is from the 5th District of Pennsylvania, which I proudly represent.

In 2009, Ryan completed his master's degree in Education at California University of Pennsylvania. The following year he was hired by the English Department at Brockway Area School District.  Today, he teaches British Literature, Creative Writing, Digital Media and Computer Science, and also serves as the advisor to the senior high gifted program.

Ryan is a teacher that goes above and beyond, a characteristic he has demonstrated year after year in his career. For example, he has played an active role in introducing new technology to both students and staff, and has worked to develop 21st century learning skills and a classroom environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and critical thinking.  Most importantly, Ryan works tirelessly to help his students achieve success in the classroom.  

Ryan Devlin, thank you for your commitment to the teaching profession and congratulations!

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I yield back.