2019 Teacher of the Year:
Jennifer R. Wahl has taught at Loyalsock Township High School since 2006 and the Pennsylvania College of Technology since 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Cabrini University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the Pennsylvania State University. At the high school and college level, Jennifer teaches history, psychology, and sociology.
Wahl has several professional affiliations, including The Japan Society, the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, the International School for Jain Studies, College Board, the National and State Teacher of the Year Pennsylvania Chapter, and the Pennsylvania State Education Association. She is an active member of her union and has acted as the local vice president and chief negotiator.
Throughout the last 12 years, Wahl has engaged in multiple professional development opportunities that have taken her to some far off places. In 2011, she was selected by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia to participate in a two-week study tour in China. Similarly, she was selected for a three-week study tour in Japan by the Japan Society in 2012. In 2013, Wahl studied restorative justice and teaching for Peace in Delhi, India at the International School for Jain Studies.
In December of 2017, Wahl was named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and has since advocated for the inclusion of college and career readiness in all components of the state curriculum through publications, speaking engagements, school visits, and workshops throughout the Commonwealth.