Sue Rieg, professor of education, dean’s associate for educator
preparation, and the director of Professional Development School Partnerships
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
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,
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
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
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.
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.