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Penn College Honors Two Educators for Excellence


Honoring two educators for excellence, Pennsylvania College of Technology announced its 1999 Distinguished Teaching Awards at commencement ceremonies held Saturday, May 15, in the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.

The highest level of College recognition for faculty, the “Master Teacher Award,” was presented to Brett A. Reasner, associate professor of aviation. Receiving an “Excellence in Teaching Award” was James S. Young, instructor in building construction technology.

Reasner, of South Williamsport, is a graduate of the College, having earned an associate of applied science degree in aviation technology from Williamsport Area Community College in 1985. He went on to attain a B.S. in aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1987.

Reasner joined the College as an assistant professor of aviation in 1992. He was promoted to associate professor of aviation in 1996.

Among his nominators’ comments were: “He is always available to students, helping them to gain the confidence and self-esteem necessary to succeed in their careers.”

Another comment read: “He portrays the professionalism and dedication to quality education that benefits all who are fortunate enough to know him. He is extremely knowledgeable in the subject area and continuously updates his curriculum based on industry changes.”

Young’s education and experience include working as an instructor in the College’s secondary vocational program in carpentry from 1974-81 when he transferred to the College program in carpentry. A resident of Trout Run RR 1, Young attended Lock Haven State College, W.A.C.C. and The Pennsylvania State University.

One of his nominators described him as “one of the most dedicated, caring, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers in his field, and a mentor of the best caliber.”

Other comments included: “He teaches with a passion” and “He makes learning interesting, planting the desire to learn in his students.”

Distinguished Teaching Awards, presented at the College since 1982, provide faculty with monetary awards and the opportunity to work on special College projects. Nominations are received from students and other individuals with direct knowledge of a nominee’s work and dedication. A representative selection committee, which includes faculty, students, administrators and a member of the Corporate Advisory Board and the College Board of Directors, selects recipients from those nominations. Each award winner exemplifies the College’s dedication to excellence in instruction.

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