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Teacher of the Year


Jennifer Wahl was named the Pennsylvania 2018 Teacher of the Year at the SAS Institute in December 2017. The teachers highlighted below were the finalists for the Pennsylvania 2018 Teacher of the Year.

​Teacher ​District ​School
​Bitler, Laura ​Daniel Boone Area ​Daniel Boone High School
​Dzurko, Tim ​Altoona Area ​Altoona Area Junior High School
​Frank, Christina ​Montour ​Montour High School
​Gebhardt, Adam ​West Jefferson Hills ​Jefferson Elementary School
​Goldfarb, Aaron ​Rose Tree Media ​Media Elementary School
​Granite, Linda ​North Allegheny ​Marshall Elementary School
​Hackman, Georgette ​Cocalico ​Cocalico Middle School
​Kurtz, Barbara ​Crawford Central ​Meadville Area Senior High School
​Mason, Gregory ​Shaler Area ​Shaler Area High School
​Miller Owlett, Lara ​Wellsboro Area ​Wellsboro Area High School
​Spielman, Brandy ​Waynesboro Area ​Waynesboro Area Middle School
​Wahl, Jennifer ​Loyalsock Township ​Loyalsock Township High School

2018 Teacher of the Year

Education is more than a job, it is a calling. Many of those who heed that call to educate Pennsylvania’s youth pour their hearts and souls into their profession, the result of which can easily be seen by the energized youths filling communities across the state. Pennsylvania is home to some of the finest schools and teachers, and our students certainly benefit from their excellence.

To honor those outstanding educators, nominations for the State Teacher of the Year come in from around the state from students, parents, colleagues, and members of the community; honoring the educators’ achievements both inside and outside the classroom. From those nominees, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) selected 12 Finalists for the 2018 Pennsylvania State Teacher of the Year.

The winner, Jennifer Wahl, was announced at the SAS Institute in December 2017 by Secretary Pedro Rivera. Jennifer teaches social studies, including World History, AP World History, and AP Psychology at Loyalsock Township High School in the Loyalsock Township School District. She previously received the Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce Educator's Award and has traveled to 48 of the United States and 47 nations. Wahl has been awarded study tour travel opportunities with the Japan Society, the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, and the International School for Jain Studies.

Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by PDE and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year. Nominations for Teacher of the Year can be made by educators, parents, students, and community members to honor an outstanding educator. The nomination form, along with additional information about the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year program, can be found by visiting: Nominations can be made at any time throughout the year, however nominations received after December 15th will be held for consideration in the following year.

Questions about Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year Program should be directed to PA State Coordinator Dr. Nicholas Blanch via phone 717-346-4369 or email

2018 Teacher of the Year

 Jennifer Wahl
Loyalsock Township High School, Loyalsock Township School District
Teaches Social Studies
"Effective planning for individual instruction is an incredible task, but it is possible and rewarding when one takes the time to truly get to know each and every student and their interests, plan accordingly, foster a comfortable learning environment, and provide inspiring and engaging instruction."