Area educators honored

Altoona teacher, Tyrone dean ‘outstanding’


From Mirror staff reports

LORETTO — Saint Francis University presented its annual Dr. John Pow­ers Outstanding Edu­cator Award to two area educators.

Jason Little, sixth-grade teacher at Altoona Area School District’s McAuliffe Heights Program, was awarded as well as Lindsay Miksich, Tyrone Area Mid­dle School’s dean of students.

Little graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and from Saint Francis University with a master’s degree in education. Little was recognized for integrating science, technology, engineering and math into curriculum at the McAuliffe Heights program.

Miksich moved into her current position as Tyrone Middle School’s dean of students in 2012. In her role, she “makes students and staff feel like a part of our school family and a valued part of our community,” a press release states.


Saint Francis University established the Dr. John Powers Outstanding Educa­tor Award to honor the mem­ory of the late John Powers who began his 30 years of teaching in Loretto in 1946. Originally hired by the Franciscans to teach history, Powers accepted the chairmanship of the Edu­ca­tion Department with­in a few years and earned his doc­torate in that field from Penn State University in 1956.

In addition to preparing generations of teachers for the classroom, Powers served on local school boards for 14 years.


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