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SRU Good News for March 22, 2012

SRU graduate earns PreK-12 Educator Award

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Nick Trombetta, a 1976 Slippery Rock University secondary education, sociology/anthropology graduate, will be honored Friday for his achievement in the field of education by the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

Trombetta is founder and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and a former superintendent of the Midland Borough School District.

He will receive the PreK-12 Educator Award for 2012 at an Alumni Awards Dinner at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association Club.

The award recognizes a PreK-12 educator for his or her outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, administration, support services, and/or extracurricular activities and programs." Criteria for the award include professional achievement, public service to the advancement of the educational field and a commitment to the continued success of the School of Education and the University of Pittsburgh.

Trombetta's 2000 doctoral dissertation dealt with the decline and resurgence of the Midland Borough School District. As superintendent from 1995 to 2007, he led the successful transformation of the academically struggling K-8 school to one named by the U.S. Department of Education as a “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” in 2007.

Trombetta was chief architect of PA Cyber, the commonwealth's largest and most successful public K-12 online school. He founded the National Network of Digital Schools, an educational management foundation, which provides online K-12 curriculum to more than 400 schools in 20 states.

He founded the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, a $30 million western Pennsylvania regional cultural and performance asset, and its tenant, the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, which draws 550 students from 58 surrounding districts for a state-approved academic education with training in the performing arts.

A native of Aliquippa, Trombetta also earned a master’s degree from the University of Dayton and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.