LATROBE, PA – Dr. Janet Franicola, assistant professor of education and assistant chair of the Department of Education at Saint Vincent College, was named the Teacher Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) at the association’s fall conference in Harrisburg.
The PAC-TE’s Teacher Educator of the Year Award is the highest award given by the organization, recognizing individuals who have directly participated in and contributed to the preparation of candidates for teacher certification in Pennsylvania.
A member of the Saint Vincent College faculty for 11 years, Franicola teaches a multitude of education courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, while she is heavily involved with the observation and mentoring of adjunct faculty members. Prior to working at Saint Vincent, Franicola was an administrator in the Norwin School District, most recently serving as the assistant superintendent of elementary education prior to her retirement.
She was nominated for the PAC-TE honor by Dr. Veronica Ent, associate professor of education and chair of Saint Vincent’s Department of Education.
“As a member of PAC-TE for 16 years and consistent presenter and presider,” Ent stated, “I believe that Dr. Franicola is one of the strongest and most dedicated teacher educators I have ever known. She has been instrumental in preparing our teachers to be the best.”
PAC-TE is a nonprofit professional association for those in Pennsylvania engaged in the preparation and development of professional educators. The organization is dedicated to providing strong advocacy for professional educator preparation within the Commonwealth, promoting quality professional education preparation programs and providing opportunity for individual professional growth for all persons in Pennsylvania engaged in professional educator preparation.
PHOTO: Dr. Janet Franicola is presented with the PAC-TE Teacher Educator of the Year Award at the organization’s fall conference in Harrisburg on Oct. 23.
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