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2024 Kim Baysek-Young Extra Mile Award Honors Outstanding Educators
The Shaler Area School District's Kim Baysek-Young Extra Mile Award recognizes district employees who have gone above and beyond for Shaler Area students or to contribute to the success of the school district. Members of the community nominated teachers, paraeducators, administrators, and more, celebrating the ways these staff members invested in student well-being. Nominations were received throughout the fall and winter and reviewed by a panel of district stakeholders.

From social workers to custodians, this year’s awardees highlight the rich variety of ways that educators in the district bring skill and dedication to their work. Dr. Sean Aiken, Superintendent of Schools, shared, “Our district is made up of truly incredible teachers and staff members, who work together to serve our students. These individuals reflect who we are as Shaler Area: a community that cares.”

This year’s awardees are:
  • Scott Albert, Music Teacher, Shaler Area Elementary School
  • Marti Beer, Speech and Language Teacher, Marzolf Primary School
  • Melissa Demchak, Social Worker, Shaler Area High School
  • LeeAnn Guido, Social Worker, Shaler Area High School
  • Don Luffey, Custodian, Shaler Area School District
  • Jim McDermott, Social Studies Teacher, Shaler Area High School
  • Joe Saxman, Computer Technician, Shaler Area School District

The award, previously the "Extra Mile Award," is named in honor of Mrs. Baysek-Young, a beloved third-grade teacher at Reserve Primary School, who passed away early in the 2020–21 school year. During her 22 years with Shaler Area, Mrs. Baysek-Young was an integral part of multiple schoolwide programs and community events and went to incredible lengths to provide students with educational opportunities and experiences. She received the award in 2019 for her unwavering support of students.
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