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Alum Nominated for PA Teacher of the Year

Jade Leung (S’05, GE’06) has been nominated for the 2016 PA Teacher of the Year competition. Leung, who teaches biology and physics at Shaler Area High School, in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, is one of 12 finalist across the Commonwealth. “It is a very prestigious honor considering there are thousands of teachers in Pennsylvania,” said Leung. “I am absolutely speechless since I am just beginning my teaching career.” 

The Pennsylvania Chapter of National Teacher of the Year (NSTOY-PA) program began in 1995. There is a banquet next fall where one teacher will be named as the PA Teacher of the Year and will represent the state of PA as a spokesperson for education. “Regardless of the next step, it is very humbling to be named a state finalist, and I am excited to meet the other finalists.”

Leung serves as the Bayer School’s representative on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and has continuously given a lot of her time to Duquesne University. She has spoken at Science Preview Day, the Bayer School’s recruitment program for accepted high school seniors. Leung is also completing her master’s degree in pastoral ministry and plans to graduate this May.

“I have always considered teaching as part of my ministry through leading by example.  As a finalist this helps me to further advance my career and to continue to help students reach their full potential.

“Duquesne definitely gave me the background I needed to excel as a science teacher!”

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