Award-Winning Educator Named Duquesne Mind, Heart and Spirit Awardee

Duquesne University recognized Kylie E. LaSota, a 2011 School of Education graduate, with the Mind, Heart and Spirit Award during the Oct. 6 President's Dinner.

Offered under the auspices of Duquesne's Young Alumni Council, the award recognizes young alumni with fewer than 10 years since their most recent degree who exemplify the University's mission in their daily lives. Their achievements are not only demonstrated through career successes but also through community activity and service to others.

LaSota received her Bachelor of Science in elementary and early childhood education from Duquesne. 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. She previously served as coordinator of instructional technology and innovation for the Brentwood Borough School District, where she was responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating technology used by 1,200 students and 130 faculty and staff.

In addition, LaSota was a classroom teacher in the Chartiers Valley and Quaker Valley school districts. She has also 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.

LaSota received the first Promising Practices Educator Award from national organization advocating for character education-in 2015. She also holds a Master's in public management from the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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