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Pittsburgh Education Champion Finalists

 

 

Mary Beth Meyer

Robert Morris University / Community College of Allegheny County / Pittsburgh Technical Institute

Ms. Mary Beth Meyer has been an Adjunct Professor with Robert Morris University (RMU) for the past four (4) years as well as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor for Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in the Engineering and Design Department. She spent four (4) years in the high school at Parkway West CTC and seventeen years of experience teaching computer-aided drafting (CAD) at Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI). Prior to the PTI position, Ms. Meyer worked for eight years as a CAD operator with American Bridge (USX), Belcan (DuPont) and PNC Bank. She also taught CAD at CCAC and La Roche College.
While attending Steel Valley High School in Munhall Ms. Meyer did not have a favorite subject, but her favorite teacher was her English teacher, Mr. Smart, because, she says, “He inspired me to want to become a teacher.” After graduating high school, Ms. Meyer went on to PTI where she earned an A.S.T. in Drafting and was the first class to graduate with a CAD degree. She continued her education at CCAC earning an Associate in Business and then a B.S. in Communication & Management Information Systems from Duquesne University. Recently she completed Master degrees in Engineering Management and Business Education at Robert Morris University.
Ms. Meyer encourages her students to envision careers in CAD that they might not otherwise consider, such as alternative energy design or in the film and entertainment industry. She hopes to build upon the basic curriculum of the Drafting & Design program to include engineering graphics and technical drawing skills. Through the use of CAD, she wants her students to bring their ideas to print as drafters, designers, engineers, and architects do in the industry. She foresees a very promising future for her students!
For the past twelve (12) years, Ms. Meyer has lived in the West Allegheny School District. Her hobbies include travel, hot air balloons, computers, CAD User Groups, workshops, and assisting with volunteer events. When asked what made her choose this career, Ms. Meyer states, “My father was a mechanical engineer and I enjoyed drawing technical and precise drawings. My mother tells me that I have ‘played school’ since I was six years old.”
In closing, Ms. Meyer shared a quote that she lives by: “Live one day at a time and make every minute count.”

 

 

Dave Myers

EduLink, Inc.

EduLink is proud to work with and support Malayaka House, and orphanage for abandoned and abused children in Uganda.  About five years ago, we learned about the work of Robert Fleming and how he started Malayaka House with one child in 2005.  Since that time, Robert has rescued 40 children for desperate situations and given them a chance at life.  Malayaka House is unique in that it is trying to become self-sustaining.  Robert realizes that the opportunities for a quality education and employment are rare in Uganda so these have become his priorities.  Not only does he ensure that these children are healthy and safe, but also he ensures that these children get the best education available and opportunities to be gainfully employed.  Several years ago, Robert started creating small businesses and industries that could propel the orphanage in becoming self-sustaining.  Today, Malayaka House has a small farm where vegetables are grown are animals are raised, a craft shop, a pizza restaurant, a mozzarella making business, and an Instructional Technology (IT) Department.  In addition, Robert has implemented green energy solutions, including solar energy and water collection systems.  Edulink supports Robert and the orphanage in many ways, but most recently in helping them establish an IT department.  The goal of the IT department is to train the children on technology, giving them other ways to learn and be producers of information.  The IT department is also positioning itself to provide services to local businesses in the way of websites.  The IT department also provides help desk services for EduLink.  The relationship continues to grow and expand.  We are thrilled to help support Malayaka House financially and through helping them build small businesses.Over the last three years Edulink has developed software (PA-ETEP) the facilitates the new teacher evaluation process in PA.  Over 65,000 educators in 300 plus school districts in PA use the software.  Locally, nearly 10,000 educators in the Pittsburgh region use the software to enhance and guide formal and informal interactions between teachers and their supervisors.  We are proud to be part of and support a process that is designed to improve instruction and student achievement. 

 

 

Erroline Williams, Dr.

Duquesne University

is Director, Professional Development and Corporate Outreach at Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement where she develops leadership programs for corporations and nonprofit organizations within the region. Dr. Williams designed the Leadership Breakfast Series since 2011, convening thought-leaders around the region. She manages the Power of Leadership Program and Staff Professional Development Program for Duquesne University employees.Dr. Williams is a Professional Coach and believes in serving her clients on their journey to an authentic fulfilling life, personally and professionally. She is a strong supporter of volunteerism and is a Board Member with Dress for Success, Pittsburgh, Board Member and Mentor for Tomorrow’s Future, Inc., a high school mentoring program, member of the University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council, and member of The Association for Talent Development Pittsburgh Chapter. She is the co-founder of the University of Pittsburgh’s Alliance of Urban Scholars, in the School of Education. Dr. Williams earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, master’s degree from Duquesne University, and bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed the Women in Leadership Program at Duquesne University and the CORO Women in Leadership and Leaders in Learning Programs. Dr. Williams has been honored with several awards, including, the 2014 Champion of the Future Award by Tomorrow’s Future, Inc., the 2013 New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence Award, the 2012 Pittsburgh Business Times’ Human Resources Leadership Award, and the 2011 Women of Integrity. She and her husband Wayne reside in Plum Boro, PA.

 

 

Cindy Bostick

Communities In Schools Pittsburgh Allegheny County

Cindy Bostick is a bit of a celebrity in the youth and education services field within the City of Pittsburgh. After over 40 years of working in the nonprofit sector serving children, Cindy cannot walk into a room without someone running up to her and reminiscing about her good work over the years. Her tenure in the education and youth field includes employment at Head Start, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Salvation Army, and the Hill House Association before her most current tenure with Communities In Schools Pittsburgh-Allegheny County (CISPAC) for the last 23 years.
Cindy earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work in the mid 1970’s and has since dedicated her life to serving children through educational programming within nonprofits. She is truly a mission-focused professional and her biggest priority has always been serving her students and ensuring that they are empowered to succeed. Cindy’s current role with CISPAC is Mentor Coordinator within the Be A Middle School Mentor (BAMSM) program at four Northside schools. The BAMSM program is one that that CISPAC facilitates with partnership of the United Way of Allegheny County. Cindy oversees nearly 100 mentor-mentee matches and proudly boasts one of the highest rates of mentor retention within the City of Pittsburgh. Truly this is a testament of her character, charisma, and integrity as well as her dedication to students.
In addition to her sincere dedication to her work, Cindy enjoys gardening, playing the tambourine, and reading books that range from the Bible, to John Grishman, to legal case studies. She has 3 children and 3 grandchildren and as a life-long resident of the Pittsburgh area she loves to see the Pirates play at PNC Park or see a performance at the Benedum theatre, and every year she waits for the Three Rivers Arts Festival and spends at least an entire day exploring it at Point State Park.