“On behalf of Governor Tom Corbett and the citizens of Pennsylvania, I congratulate Ryan for achieving this well-deserved, prestigious award,” Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis said in announcing the award.
“As a dedicated professional, Ryan’s commitment to both the teaching profession and his students demonstrates that Pennsylvania is home to quality individuals who are in the classroom educating our children.”
Devlin, currently in his fifth year at Brockway Area High School, teaches 11th-grade British literature, 8th-grade computer science and two senior-high electives: creative writing and digital media. He also serves as chairman of the high school’s English department.
His teaching methods include extensive use of technology in the classroom for which he received the Keystones Technology Integrator Award in 2009. He facilitates technology workshops for student teachers at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, teaches summer courses at Riverview Intermediate Unit #6 that highlight the newest digital resources available on the Internet, and works one-on-one with colleagues at Brockway Area High School with technology.
An active member in his local community, Devlin is a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, teaches vacation Bible school and is involved in several after-school programs and activities.
Devlin 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.
“Ryan is to be applauded for his strategies that engage students in the learning process by encouraging creativity, critical thinking and collaboration,” Tomalis said. “I am confident that Ryan’s students, past and present, are being provided with the skills and knowledge that will ensure their future success.”
Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year, which was founded in 1995.