Baldwin-Whitehall School District Headmistress Patricia Fusco has been named one of the MVPs of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.
Fusco is the top administrator at the Harrison Education Center. She served in the district for nearly 16 years, including serving as assistant principal at Paynter Elementary School for more than five years.
The Penguins Foundation partnered with the Grable Foundation and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit this year to launch a new initiative to honor educators who make a difference in their school districts.
Fusco and 15 other school principals in Allegheny County were selected from more than 1,350 submissions, representing more than 135 candidates, to become a Most Valuable Headmaster.
The winners were selected by a jury and judged on three main components.
This includes the ability to demonstrate an innovative approach to learning, a continuous pursuit of excellence, and a passion for their school and students.
“Patricia Fusco stood out because the contributions made it clear to her that she not only cared about the success of her students, but also about their well-being,” said Darya Snoznik, coordinator of the foundation’s program. “It was noted that she would make weekly calls on Sunday evenings to make them feel special and excited for the week ahead. It was found that she was the reason children excelled in this difficult year and that she is a light for the school district. “
Fusco will receive a penguin prize package, which includes a travel mug, ball cap, notebook, valet parking, and a custom penguin jersey, plus $ 1,000 for a school project of their choice.
She plans to use the funds from her MVP approval to purchase mobile outdoor equipment for her school such as swings, picnic tables, play structures, and auxiliary materials for her regional spaces.
For more information on the MVP program, including a list of all award winners, visit pittsburghpenguinsfoundation.org.
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