May 15, 2018
Duquesne University honors USCHS English teacher
An Upper St. Clair High School English teacher was recently recognized by the Duquesne University School of Education. Elizabeth Cecelia was honored with the Alumni Leading Teacher Program Excellence Award.
“This is a great accomplishment, and reflects highly on all that Liz has done for our students and for our school community over nearly two decades,” Dr. Timothy Wagner, associate principal for program planning and innovation, said.
According to the University’s website, “the award is given to an alumnus whose performance demonstrates excellence in one of the three themes of the Leading Teacher Program: leadership, diversity and technology, and is framed in the Spiritan tradition of caring.” To be eligible, candidates must be graduates of the Duquesne University teacher education program and have five years of continuous teaching experience.
Ms. Cecelia has taught Advanced Placement English 12 for the past 16 years and Honors English 11 for the past seven years. In addition, she served as sponsor of the school’s literary arts magazine, “Montage,” from 2004-2014.
"I received the award for my leadership in the areas of academic integrity and writing,” Ms. Cecelia said. “I have led several writing programs at the high school, including the Montage and a summer college essay writing course I developed and taught from 2014-2016.”
A Duquesne University graduate, Ms. Cecelia holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in English. She joined the Upper St. Clair High School teaching staff in 2001 after completing her student teaching at the high school.
Ms. Cecelia was honored with a plaque and will be featured in the Duquesne University School of Education’s magazine.