WAYNESBURG – Ryan Devlin, a 2007 Waynesburg University secondary English education alumnus and teacher in the Brockway Area School District, was named Pennsylvania’s 2013 Teacher of the Year today at the Keystone Awards of Excellence banquet in Hershey.
“On behalf of Governor Tom Corbett and the citizens of Pennsylvania, I congratulate Ryan for achieving this well-deserved, prestigious award,” Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis said in announcing the award. “As a dedicated professional, Ryan’s commitment to both the teaching profession and his students demonstrates that Pennsylvania is home to quality individuals who are in the classroom educating our children.”
Devlin, currently in his fifth year at Brockway Area High School, teaches eleventh grade British literature, eighth grade computer science and two senior-high electives: Creative writing and digital media. He also serves as chairman of the high school’s English department.
“The current and recently retired faculty members at Waynesburg University are very proud of Ryan’s accomplishments,” said Debra Clarke, assistant professor of education and chairman of the education department at Waynesburg University. “The mission of the education cepartment is to prepare teachers who embrace learning and dedicate themselves to service and leadership in the profession. Ryan exemplifies the fulfillment of our mission.”
Devlin’s teaching methods include extensive use of technology in the classroom, for which he received the Keystone Technology Integrator Award in 2009. He facilitates technology workshops for student teachers at regional universities, teaches summer courses at Riverview Intermediate Unit No. 6 that highlight the newest digital resources available on the Internet and works one-on-one with colleagues at Brockway Area High School with technology.
Devlin received his bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from Waynesburg University, where he became familiar with technology in the classroom and gained hands-on experience with modern instructional technology. Devlin also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership.
In 2007 and 2008, Devlin was featured on WJAC-TV’s “Success by Six” news segment for coordinating projects within the Brockway Area School District that involved members of the community. In 2008, he was named Sunny 106.5’s “Teacher of the Year.”
An active member in his local community, Devlin is a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, teaches vacation Bible school and is involved in several after-school programs and activities.
“Ryan is to be applauded for his strategies that engage students in the learning process by encouraging creativity, critical thinking and collaboration,” Tomalis said. “I am confident that Ryan’s students, past and present, are being provided with the skills and knowledge that will ensure their future success.”
Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year, which was founded in 1995.