Meet Ryan Devlin: Pennsylvania's 2013 Teacher of the Year
PSEA congratulates Ryan Devlin, member of Brockway Education Association, for receiving the honor of Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.
Devlin says the old Army slogan sums up his philosophy of education: "Be All That You Can Be."
He's setting a great personal example for his students.
Devlin, a teacher at Brockway Area High School in Jefferson County and a member of the Brockway Area EA, was named in December as Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year. He was one of 11 PSEA members making up the 12 finalists for the honor, co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year.
Devlin, in his fifth year at Brockway, teaches 11th-grade British literature, 8th-grade computer science, and two high school electives – creative writing and digital media. His teaching methods include extensive use of technology.
"I have always believed the ultimate goal of education can best be summed up by the Army slogan, "Be All That You Can Be.'' To accomplish this goal, education must equip students with skills, knowledge, attitudes, and the resources necessary to live a productive and successful life," Devlin said. “Teachers need to provide their students with a holistic education that fuses content knowledge with lessons that promote critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation."
Devlin received his bachelor's degree in secondary education from Waynesburg University, and his master's degree in educational leadership from California University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to teaching, which includes technology workshops for student interns at Clarion University, Devlin is a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, teaches vacation Bible School, and is involved in several after-school programs and activities.