2015 Champions of Learning Finalists


7 Categories

6 Counties

22 Finalists

The Arts

  • Todd Bushyager, Music teacher, Band Director and Orchestra Director at Pittsburgh Brashear High School in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system
  • Joy Gazi, Art teacher at Bentworth Elementary School in Bentworth School District and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Business Partnerships

  • All-Clad Metalcrafters Corporation, Canonsburg, PA
  • William Campbell, Chairman of Intuit, Inc.
  • Paula Purnell, PhD., founder of Sense of Place Learning, LLC

Classroom Teaching

  • Brian Blasko, a Special Education teacher at Yough Intermediate Middle School
  • Brian Garlick, a Technology Education teacher at South Fayette High School
  • Howard Johnson, a Life Sciences teacher at Charleroi Middle School
  • McCall Malecki, a 5th grade Math teacher at Allegheny Valley Area School District’s Colfax Upper Elementary School

Community Outreach

  • Best of the Batch Foundation, Munhall, PA
  • Margie Marks, Curator of Education at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA


  • Norman Catalano, Director of Curriculum & Instruction in Woodland Hills School District
  • Erin Gasper, a 10th grade English teacher at Chartiers-Houston High School
  • Debra Kozar, IT/PIMS Administrator/Data Assessment Coordinator for Monessen City School District.

Technology Integration

  • Lyndsay Brown, a Media Arts teacher at McKeesport Area High School and Technology Center
  • Earl Gilpin, an Art teacher at Ringgold Elementary School North
  • Rebecca Reeb, a Technology Education teacher at Frazier High School

Nominator’s Choice

  • Deanna Baird, German teacher/K-12 World Languages Curriculum Leader in Upper St. Clair School District
  • Amber Burkett, a science teacher at Mapletown High School in Southeastern Greene School District
  • Jamie Glasser, Legislative Counsel to Pennsylvania Sen. Jay Costa, Jr. and Board member at the Woodland Hills Community Foundation