Mind, Heart and Spirit Awardees
Each year a select number of Duquesne alumni who exemplify the Mission of the University in their daily lives are recognized through the Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards. These achievements are not only accomplished through career successes but also through community service and service to others. Beginning in 2013, the Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards shifted their focus on our young alumni who have graduated within the last decade.
Kylie E. LaSota
Classroom Teacher, Kutztown School District
Kylie E. LaSota received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Duquesne in 2011. As a student, she served as a vice president of Duquesne's Student Government Association and was a recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award, Faculty Excellence Award, Dean's Teaching Fellowship and the Delta Kappa Gamma National Education Scholarship.
LaSota joined the Kutztown, Pa. School District as a classroom teacher this fall. Prior to that, she was coordinator of Instructional Technology and Innovation for the Brentwood Borough School District in suburban Pittsburgh where she was responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating technology used by students, faculty and staff. In her first year in the position, she managed a district-wide Wi-Fi services and cabling installation project; developed the district's first comprehensive educational technology integration plan and policies; established new channels of communication with students, teachers, staff and administration; and formed partnerships with local universities and neighboring school districts.
LaSota was previously a classroom teacher in the Chartiers Valley and Quaker Valley school districts. She also holds a Master's in Public Management from the Heinz College of Carnegie-Mellon University.
She has served as a board member and chair of multiple committees for the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP), strategic reviewer for the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, speakers' coordinator for the Navigating Pittsburgh Summit, member of the Pittsburgh Arts Cohort Millennial Advisory Board and a lay leader with North Way Christian Community. In 2015, LaSota was honored with the first Promising Practices Educator Award from Character.org-a national organization advocating for character education.