Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Ryan Devlin honored at White House ceremony
Partners Post, May 2013
It's been a busy and exciting year for Pennsylvania's 2013 Teacher of the Year Ryan Devlin. In late April he was honored by President Barack Obama at a Rose Garden ceremony for Teachers of the Year from all 50 states.
“They come from different communities and different schools, but the one thing that binds them together is they are absolutely devoted to nurturing the next generation. I want you to know that we appreciate everything you do. What you do in the classrooms is critical. The nation needs you,” Obama told the teachers.
Devlin teaches English and Technology at Brockway Area High School. He is a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and his local affiliate, the Brockway Education Association.
When named this year's Teacher of the Year, Devlin said that teachers must continually adapt to change, but the goal of producing well-educated, motivated students remains constant. “We want to create students that are as innovative as Steve Jobs, as determined as Michael Jordan, as brave as Rosa Parks, as creative as Walt Whitman, as efficient as Henry Ford, as passionate as Oprah Winfrey and as kind as Mister Rogers,” he said.
Devlin holds a bachelor's degree in English education from Waynesburg University and a master's in educational leadership from California University of Pennsylvania. He said he wanted to become a teacher since childhood. He said helping students discover and pursue "their passion" in life is the most important role a teacher can have.
Devlin was also invited to this year's State of the Union Address at the U.S. Capitol, as a guest seated in the gallery. As Teacher of the Year, he will attend events across Pennsylvania and around the country to advocate for public education and discuss the value of educators.