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Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools

Awards

One of the many valuable services we provide for our members is an opportunity to award educators that have made a difference both in the classroom and in the community. We encourage you to check out the awards below. 

PARSS Rural Education Awards

PARSS Executive Director, Dr. Edward Albert, discusses the recent rural education awards.

2020–2021 Rural Educator of the Year Award

PARSS Executive Director, Dr. Edward Albert, presents the Rural Educator of the Year Award to Mrs. Stephanie Tarby, school counselor at Juanita Elementary in the DuBois Area School District. Also pictured are Wendy Benton, superintendent, and Barbara Jo Smith, principal.

Mrs. Stephanie Tarby receiving her award

    2019–2020 Rural Education Advocacy Award

    PARSS Executive Director, Dr. Edward Albert, presents the Rural Education Advocacy Award to Dr. John Zesiger, Superintendent of Moshannon Valley School District.

    Dr John Zesiger receives the Rural Education Advocacy Award

      Educator of the Year Award for the 2019–2020 School Year

      PARSS Executive Director, Dr. Edward Albert, presents the Rural Rural Educator of the Year Award to Ms. Jodi English, from the Jersey Shore Area School District. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Ulmer, superintendent; Steven Keen, principal; Jodi English; Dr. Edward Albert; and Dr. Elizabeth Segraves, assistant principal.

      Ms Jodi English receiving Educator of the Year award

        PARSS Educator of the Year Award

        The purpose of the Educator of the Year Award is to recognize an employee from a PARSS member district who makes a positive and continuous impact on public education in their rural school and community.

        2019 PARSS Educator of the Year

        "I am extremely thankful to be honored by PARSS for doing a job I love. None of it would be possible without the amazing team that works with me every day to help students reach their potential." - Susan Kilmer

        2019 PARASS Educator of the Year

        Susan Kilmer is accepting the award from Dr. Bottiglieri, superintendent of Wyalusing.

        2018 PARSS Educator of the Year

        “Using our story as a springboard for shaping education reform can give us insight into our past and secure our future. This story starts in rural America, with those of us who can influence this narrative at its heart. This story starts with you.” - Wade Owlett

        Educator of the year award recipient

        Wade Owlett is accepting the award from Executive Director Dr. Edward Albert.

        Rural Education Advocacy Award

        The purpose of the Rural Education Advocacy Award is to recognize outstanding leadership in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of rural school districts consistent with the education policies supported by the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools.