Allison McCarthy, who earned her M.A. in Teaching with a focus in Secondary Education from the Johns Hopkins School of Education in 2009, recently received the 2012 Advanced Placement Program's Outstanding Teacher Award in the Middle State Region sponsored by the College Board.
The 28-year-old, who earned her undergraduate degree in English and classics from the University of Vermont, is a K-12 gifted and talented coordinator for Pittsburgh Public Schools. She has worked for that system for the past two years, having previously served as the program director for the Reading is FUNdamental branch on the North Side of Pittsburgh.
"I believe that there are many children who are innately gifted, and there are many children for whom gifts and talents need to be developed and supported," McCarthy told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Both types of children need to have opportunities for enrichment and advancement."
McCarthy received her award at a regional forum in Baltimore on Monday, January 23.