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Wilkes University’s Celebration of Education Honors Alumni Educators on Nov. 7

Wilkes University’s School of Education holds its fourth annual Celebration of Education event. Faculty, staff, students and fellow educators will honor alumni educators from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. Honorees are recognized for their outstanding contributions on campus and in the community.

Sandy Pesavento MS '04, EdD '17 and James Casey '03 are the honorees of the event. Pesavento is receiving the Diane Place Doctoral Dissertation Award and Casey will be named the Educator of the Year.

The Diane Place Doctoral Dissertation Award honors a Wilkes graduate student who exhibits perseverance in completing doctoral studies, commitment to lifelong learning, resilience in the face of adversity, strength of character to advance in life through education, collegiality with peers, leadership in education, and excellence in academics. 

The Wilkes University Educator of the Year Award celebrates excellence as demonstrated by a competent, caring and ethical educator who is a graduate of and embodies the mission of the Wilkes education program. The award recognizes a teacher who is a lifelong learner, reflective practitioner and an effective communicator who continues to grow academically and professionally while presenting the ethic of service and dedication to all students within the learning community.

Pesavento is a graduate of Wilkes’ doctor of education program and a professor in the education department at the University of Scranton.

There she moderates the Student Education Club where she and her students began “Coding in the Classroom,” a STEM initiative that teaches coding skills to elementary school students. Pesavento previously taught in the Scranton School District and served as educational technologist in the Dallas School District.

Casey is the 2017 Wilkes University Educator of the Year. He graduated from Wilkes in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a certificate to teach elementary and special education. He has been a seventh grade learning support teacher at Wyoming Valley West Middle School for 13 years, where he also teaches sixth through eighth grade learning support students. Casey has been the assistant coach of the Dallas High School baseball team for the past 15 years. He also played baseball for Wilkes, where he was named captain and a member of the All MAC All-Star team and led the Colonels in hitting.

To learn more about the Celebration of Education event, visit www.wilkes.edu/alumni.