April Educators Making a Difference

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By Marianne Reid Anderson

In this, our fourth installment of highlighting a few of our region’s Educators Making a Difference, we at Northern Connection our proud to continue featuring these incredible individuals who continually go above and beyond in helping students and families.

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Linda Cessar

Linda Cessar of Providence Heights Alpha School Linda Cessar is a certified science teacher that has taught at Providence Heights Alpha School for over eight years.  Prior to teaching, Mrs. Cessar worked as a chemist in the environmental consulting industry and at the US Environmental Protection Agency.  Linda provides science instruction for 6th grade (Earth and Space), 7th grade (Life Science) and 8th grade (Physical Science) students.  She also supports student efforts in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) and Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) entries by serving as Advisor and Sponsor.  Linda earned her Master’s Degree in Analytical Chemistry at Indiana University. Linda has formed strong bonds with her students that last through the years.  Students in high school and beyond still credit “Mrs. Cessar” with a great foundation and understanding of science.  Linda’s passion and enthusiasm for science is evident and contagious.  She truly instills a love of learning and a love of science in her students. To learn more, visit http://www.alphaschool.org.

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Neil S. Haley

Neil S. Haley of Total Tutor– has been working with children for more than 12 years. His experience includes: Classroom Teacher; After School Program Director;  Behavior Specialist; Educational Advocate; Developmental Therapist, SAT Prep Coach; and Practicum Supervisor. Total Tutor is an international, kindergarten through college, tutoring and consulting company, providing educational advocacy, behavior therapy, autism consulting, home school consulting, all subject tutoring, and SAT/ACT/GRE tutoring. Beyond being a tutor, Neil is a coach and advocate, for students and families, including students with an IEP, to reach their potential and make sure the IEP is accurate and being used properly by the teachers at the student’s school. Neil is also the affable host of The Total Education Network, which is heard and viewed in over 180 countries, syndicated on 120 stations, with over 2.5 million listeners and viewers per week. Neil was also a former professional wrestler and is active in Pittsburgh Promise. Neil graduated from LaRoche College with a B.S. in History, and obtained his M. Ed. at Duquesne University. He is married to Jennifer and the proud father of five children. To learn more about Neil S. Haley, visit www.totaltutor.net.

Sarah McGraw Krushinski of Wexford Acting Studio – Sarah was a Theater Major as an undergrad at the College of Wooster, a private college in Wooster Ohio and earned her graduate degree in Theater and Directing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Post-graduation, Sarah got an agent in NYC and was booked for several European tours performing in 17 countries, in both major cities and small town throughout Europe including Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium and The Netherlands appearing as the Mistress in Evita, Maria in West Side Story and Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. When Sarah and her husband decided to start a family, they moved here to the Pittsburgh-area. Ten years ago, Sarah was invited to open the Wexford Acting Studio where she teaches and directs students. According to Sarah, “It is always so great and so rewarding to see a child take to the stage and see them develop and grow. Before you know it, they are a level three and playing leads becoming, poised and confident on stage.” To learn more about the Wexford Acting Studio, visit http://wexfordactingstudio.com.

If you know of an educator, administrator, camp counselor or volunteer making a difference, contact us by emailing NorthCon@consolidated.net or by calling 724-940-2444.