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Rieg Honored as State Teacher Educator of the Year by Pennsylvania Association of College and Teacher Educators

Posted on 11/28/2016 4:21:17 PM

PAC-TE Award winner Sue Reig with Dean Luetkehans and Kelli PaquetteSue Rieg, professor of education, dean’s associate for educator preparation, and the director of Professional Development School Partnerships at IUP, has been selected by the Pennsylvania Association of College and Teacher Educators as the 2016 Teacher Educator of the Year.

PAC-TE is a nonprofit professional association for all those in Pennsylvania who are engaged in the preparation and development of professional educators. 

Rieg is the fourth member of the IUP community to be honored with this award: Thomas Walker was the first recipient in 1985; Valeri Helterbran was selected for the award in 2005 and Linda Norris won the award in 2009.

Rieg was nominated for the award by the dean of the IUP College of Education and Educational Technology Lara Luetkehans and Kelli Paquette, professor and chairperson, IUP Department of Professional Studies.

In her nomination, Rieg was recognized for her leadership to the teacher education and education profession at all levels: national, state, institutional, and community.

Her leadership was recognized as “innovative and successful,” leading to curricular innovations, partnership innovations, and fiscal innovations that enhance the preparation of new and in-service teachers so that all learners have capable and caring educators guiding their learning.

For example, she has worked to develop a reading specialist-master's in literacy assistantship program by working with local school districts to understand their needs and then crafting district-funded graduate assistantships to recruit and train top-notch students interested in becoming reading specialists to work in the schools while they attend classes.

Rieg recently established an endowed scholarship fund at IUP in honor of her first grade teacher, Leon Miller, who inspired her to become a teacher. Miller taught first grade in the Mifflin County School District until his untimely death in 1966. He is fondly remembered not only for the lighthouse he built and had in his first grade classroom, but for instilling a lifelong love of learning in his students. The scholarship is offered to IUP qualified education majors at IUP, with preference given to graduates from Indiana County or Mifflin County school districts.

Rieg has been an active member in PAC-TE for many years. She attends and presents at the conferences regularly and actively engages colleagues and students to participate. She also serves as an ambassador for PAC-TE by mentoring developing teacher education faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students in teacher preparation programs.

“During my career at IUP, I have had the best of both worlds; I get to prepare future teachers and administrators and spend time in elementary schools with young children,” Rieg said. “When I first came to IUP one of my colleagues said teaching at IUP is not a J-O-B but a J-O-Y.  Little did I know at that time how true the statement was.  To win an award for a career I truly cherish is just amazing!”

Rieg received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and her master’s degree in Elementary Mathematics from IUP. She earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree and principal certification from Duquesne University.

Prior to her appointment at IUP, she was an elementary school teacher (kindergarten and grades one, two and four); instructional support teacher (kindergarten through grade six), and elementary school principal in the Indiana Area School District.

Rieg was awarded grants to work with teachers to plan and implement a professional development school partnership with the Indiana Area School District. The partnerships have expanded to additional school districts, secondary English education, and master’s in literacy graduate assistants.

Rieg was awarded the Faculty Leader Award for the College of Education and Educational Technology in 2016. In 2014, she received the IUP Distinguished Faculty Award for Service.

She has co-authored two books, co-edited one book, and has written one book chapter and several professional articles. She has presented at international, national, regional, state, and local conferences. Her research interests include professional development schools, school leadership, classroom assessment, and students at-risk.

PHOTO INFORMATION:

From left, Dr. Lara Luetkehans, Dean of the IUP College of Education and Educational Technology; Dr. Sue Rieg, professor of education, dean’s associate for educator preparation, and the director of Professional Development School Partnerships at IUP, the recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators 2016 Teacher Educator of the Year award; and Dr. Kelli Paquette, professor and chairperson, IUP Department of Professional Studies. Drs. Luetkehans and Paquette nominated Rieg for the award.