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December 09, 2019 - Hershey, PA

Allegheny County Educator Named 2020 Teacher of the Year

Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera announced today that Joseph Welch, a middle school teacher in the North Hills School District in Allegheny County, has been named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during the SAS Institute, the Pennsylvania Department of Education's annual professional development conference. 'Teachers make a difference every day in the lives of their students by inspiring and motivating them to learn,' said Governor Tom Wolf. 'It is my pleasure to congratulate Mr. Welch on receiving this distinguished honor and to thank the Teacher of the Year candidates and all educators for their dedication and service to our students.'



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_01.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera announces Joseph Welch as the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_02.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joseph Welch, a middle school teacher in the North Hills School District in Allegheny County, is named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_03.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera listens to Joseph Welch accept the honor of the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_04.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joseph Welch, a middle school teacher in the North Hills School District in Allegheny County, is named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_05.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joseph Welch, a middle school teacher in the North Hills School District in Allegheny County, is named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_06.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joseph Welch, a middle school teacher in the North Hills School District in Allegheny County, is named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_07.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The 12 Teacher of the Year finalists pose with other notable Pennsylvania educators, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_08.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joseph Welch, a middle school teacher in the North Hills School District in Allegheny County, is named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_09.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera announces Joseph Welch as the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_10.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera congratulates Joseph Welch, the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_11.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joseph Welch, a middle school teacher in the North Hills School District in Allegheny County, is named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_12.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joseph Welch, a middle school teacher in the North Hills School District in Allegheny County, is named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_13.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joseph Welch speaks with his family and Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera after being named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_14.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joseph Welch poses with his family and Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera after being named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_15.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joseph Welch poses with Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera after being named the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17584_pde_teacher_award_16.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The 2019 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Marilyn Pryle passes the award to the 2020 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Joseph Welch at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey on December 9, 2019.