WQED Pittsburgh Spotlights Secondary Education Alum Andrea Redinger

Andrea's brilliance captured on iQ Smartparent Teachable Moments: Searching for Critters

Andrea Redinger with holding creatures from biology classWQED Pittsburgh captured the brilliance of Andrea (Ferraco) Redinger, graduate Secondary Education alum in their iQ Smartparent Teachable Moments: Searching for Critters video spotlight where she opens introducing herself and the bearded dragon Princess that she holds as she is accessorized with dangling lizard earrings. Mrs. Redinger is just plain fun, and simply brilliant in her hands-on approach to inspire and engage students.

This spotlight is just a glimpse into the incredible engagement Mrs. Redinger brings to her classroom and science education at Greensburg Salem School District's high school biology classroom and beyond. She has worked with students at Greensburg Salem High School for over 18 years and holds the positions of Biology Teacher, Science Department Chair, and Coordinator of Gifted Education. Mrs. Redinger has a gift for inspiring her students by creatively capturing and sharing the wonders of science with all before her - especially with students lucky enough to be in her biology class. Not only did she engage the class with the musings and educational wonders of the critters wrapped around her in the profile picture in this article - one of the students in her class took the shot - Joe Gongaware.

Her work in the field of science education has been recognized with multiple awards such as the National Association of Biology Teachers' Neil Campbell Teaching Fellowship Award and the Outstanding Biology Teacher for Pennsylvania in 2011, as well as the Outstanding New Biology Teacher for the United States in 2005. Another special accomplishment to note was Mrs. Redinger's spot as a finalist for the 2019 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest honor to be bestowed by the United States government for science education.

Thank you, Mrs. Andrea Redinger, we can't wait to see what the future holds for you!