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Alumnus Named PA Teacher of the Year

Center, Rose Tree Media School District elementary school teacher
Anthony Grisillo. Left, Fran Nesta, executive director of the National State
Teacher of the Year Program. Right, Lora OĆ­Brien, president of the National
State Teacher of the Year Program. (Credit: Delaware County Daily Times)

Anthony Grisillo, a 1996 West Chester University alumnus who has spent his career as an elementary school gifted support teacher in the Rose Tree Media School District, is Pennsylvania's 2014 Teacher of the Year. Gov. Tom Corbett made the announcement at the Keystone Awards of Excellence on Dec. 9.

Currently in Rose Tree, Media and Glenwood elementary schools, where he has spent 15 years of his career, Grisillo has taught in all of the district's elementary schools. He earned his bachelor of science in education from West Chester and his master's from Widener University.

Among the other teaching honors Grisillo has received are the Acme Teacher of the Month Award in December 2012 and the Boeing Space Camp for Educators Right Stuff Award in 2000. He was also a Discovery Educator Network STAR Educator from 2009 to 2013.

"Anthony's ability to inspire creativity, encourage innovation and engage his students has had a positive impact on all who have spent time in his classroom," Corbett, a former teacher, stated in a press release.

Grisillo has said that teaching allows him to incorporate theatre, music, technology, art, sports and science every day, while making a difference in children's lives.

In an Associated Press article, District Superintendent James Wigo said Grisillo fits in well with a core focus of the district and brings his best performance to work every day in a profession that demands it.

"We really try to get away from teaching kids to remember and instead teach kids to learn and create and invent, and he's the poster child for that philosophy."

Grisillo now joins teachers from other states as a nominee for National Teacher of the Year. West Chester University Alumni Association.