AAHS teacher recognized as Teacher of the Year
Local teacher Mrs. Amy Cheresnowsky from Athens High School was the recipient of the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award for Social Studies. Through the nomination of administrators at Athens and the PCSS, Amy was honored at an awards ceremony in Harrisburg on Thursday, Oct. 17. Those in attendance at the ceremony were award winners, school district administrators from across the state, PCSS board members, State Department representatives, and former Governor Ed Rendell.
Mrs. Cheresnowsky was selected to this award for her use of a non-linguistic approach to teaching, which fosters a state of inquiry in her instruction. Her approach assists students in making connections from the past and the contemporary world. She maintains a constant focus on her own professional development and is well known for her collaborative approach with her colleagues. Mrs. Cheresnowsky had the opportunity to discuss this approach with her colleague and close friend Mrs. Cheryl Stropko the following day at the annual PCSS conference where there was standing room only for those attending their session.
It was evident to the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies that Mrs. Cheresnowsky strives to "build foundations for future success" with her students by keeping them well informed. She consistently takes the time to engage with her students with current issues through debates, analysis of state of the union addresses, comparative study of social issues, and a focus on democratic values and beliefs through the lens of our rights and liberties as American citizens. Following the conference Mrs. Cheresnowsky also took on her new appointment as a member of the Board of Directors for the PCSS. Her term will be for the next four years and with her involvement Mrs. Cheresnowsky looks forward to having an integral part in Social Studies education in the state of Pennsylvania.
Article submitted by Athens Area High School.