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.