Alpha Students and Teachers Recognized for Excellence


The students and teachers of the Providence Heights Alpha School are no strangers to excellence. It is, after all, a part of their school credo. But this month, they are they are thrilled to hear that members of the outer community agree.

Two of their teachers and two of their students have been the recipients for special recognitions.

Mrs. Jennifer Brown-Clair, the schools art teacher and middle school religion teacher, has been awarded the 2017-18 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This honor recognizes Mrs. Brown-Clair’s 16 years of commitment as a teacher and her repeated efforts to go above and beyond for her students.

Mrs Linda Cessar, the schools science teacher for grades 5-8, has been awarded the 2018 Teacher's Award by The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. This award is in recognition for mentoring grade 7-8 students who entered the Pittsburgh Junior Academy of Science Region 7 competition in chemistry and related fields.

Two of those students mentored by Mrs. Cessar are special award recipients themselves. Sofia Mancing and Regina Palladino, both in 7th grade, just learned that they have won the SACP PJAS student award as they tied for the highest score in chemistry in grade 7 at this year’s regional competitions. Both of these young ladies, and the rest of their qualifying team mates, will go on to Penn State in May to compete at the State level.