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 Good News: SRU graduate earns National Middle School Association award 



SRU Good News for April 10, 2009


SRU graduate earns National Middle School Association award


Karen Brown, principal at Boyce Middle School and 1973 Slippery Rock University secondary education graduate, has been named one of two recipients of the National Middle School Association Distinguished Educator Award. The honor will be presented at the association's annual convention in Colorado.

Brown was chosen from several hundred educators nominated for the award.

John Bornyas, director of programming, operations and middle-level education for the Upper St. Clair School District, submitted Brown's nomination. 

"It is very exciting. I keep asking myself, if I really won?," Brown told Terry Kish, a reporter for The Almanac newspaper. Brown said she considered the honor a team award. "The teachers at Boyce are willing to try new ideas; to take things and run with them. They always do what is best for the kids, and that is what makes Boyce so special."

Brown, who has been with the district 35 years, was cited for maintaining contact with her school's students through breakfasts, classroom visits and after-school activities. 

Patrick O'Toole, St. Clair district superintendent, congratulated Brown at a recent school assembly. "We have always known locally that Karen is a distinguished middle-school leader, and now she has been recognized nationally," he said. 

In addition to her SRU diploma, Brown earned her master's degree and principal certification at Duquesne University. 


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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