Given to an alumna/alumnus who has graduated within the previous 20 years, the Luminary Award—its name inspired by the definition of “luminary” as someone who inspires or lights the way for others—recognizes those who have inspirational success in their careers, in their communities, and in their impact on others’ lives.
Jennifer Wahl (’05)
2018 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year
Jennifer R. Wahl (’05) has taught at Loyalsock Township High School since 2006 and the Pennsylvania College of Technology since 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree from Cabrini University in History and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the Pennsylvania State University. At the high school and college level, Wahl teaches history, psychology, and sociology.
Wahl has several professional affiliations, including The Japan Society, the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, the International School for Jain Studies, College Board, the National and State Teacher of the Year Pennsylvania Chapter, and the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
Throughout the last nearly 12 years, Wahl has engaged in multiple professional development opportunities that have taken her to some far-away places. In 2011, she was selected by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia to participate in a two-week study tour in China. Similarly, she was selected for a three-week study tour in Japan by the Japan Society in 2012. In 2013, Wahl studied restorative justice and teaching for Peace in Delhi, India, at the International School for Jain Studies. She also traveled with the American Institute for Historical Education and has participated as an Advanced Placement World History Reader in Utah for several years.
Most recently, Wahl was named Pennsylvania's 2018 Teacher of the Year. As Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year, Wahl will meet and collaborate with other educators, and represent the commonwealth in the year's National Teacher of the Year competition.