Scarnati, Smith Congratulate Local Educator Ryan Devlin For Being Selected a Finalist for 2014 National Teacher of the Year

January 16, 2014

Ryan Devlin, a teacher at Brockway Area School District, has been selected as one of four finalists in the country for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Representative Sam Smith (R-66), who congratulated him for being chosen for the honor.

This is the first time in history that a Pennsylvania teacher has been named as a finalist for the award. The National Teacher of the Year Program, which began in 1952, is run by the Council of Chief State School Officers.  Every year, each state selects a state Teacher of the Year to participate in the national program.

Last year Mr. Devlin was named Pennsylvania’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.  He was the first educator from this region to receive the award.

“We congratulate Ryan for receiving this high honor,” Senator Scarnati said.  “Being nominated for the national teaching award is a tremendous achievement and testament to his engaging and innovative approach to helping students learn.  Our community is very fortunate to have outstanding teachers, like Ryan, who focus their lives on helping students reach their full potential.”

“We are truly fortunate that Ryan has dedicated his career to teaching students in the community where he grew up,” Representative Smith said.  “Ryan’s dedication to his profession shows that he truly cares about young people and continually goes the extra mile to help them learn and grow.  I met Ryan for the first time when he was an innovative high school student. His accomplishments as a teacher are simply outstanding. Ryan is a great source of pride for our entire community and I offer him my sincere congratulations.”

Mr. Devlin is an 11th grade English and 9 -12th grade technology teacher at Brockway Area Junior/Senior High School, where he has taught for seven years.  In addition he serves as Head of the English Department, as the school’s Head Cross Country Coach and the Senior High Gifted Advisor.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from Waynesburg University and his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from California University of Pennsylvania.

The National Teacher of the Year for 2014 will be announced in April and will be recognized during a ceremony at the White House.

Senator Scarnati and Speaker Smith also noted that they look forward to welcoming Mr. Devlin to the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg this year.


Kate Eckhart – Senator Scarnati (717) 787-7084

Kelly Fedeli – Representative Smith (717) 787-3845