March 2, 2023
Boyce teachers named Promising Practitioners
Two Boyce Middle School teachers were recently honored with the Promising Practitioners Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE). Abbey DiGregorio, a physical education teacher, and Ellie Oxenreiter, a learning support teacher, were recognized during the PAMLE State Conference 2023, held Feb. 25-27, 2023, in King of Prussia, Pa.
According to PAMLE’s website, the Promising Practitioners Award “is presented to teachers who are just beginning their middle school careers. These beginning teachers have made a positive impact on both their school and community. They incorporate effective middle level practices in their everyday teaching.”
The Boyce teachers were nominated for the award by Dr. Dan O’Rourke and Dr. Christine Mussomeli, Boyce Middle School principal and assistant principal.
Teaching at the middle school level ensures that every day is a new adventure, which is just one of the qualities that Ms. DiGregorio values most at Boyce Middle School.
“I love seeing the growth that happens when each individual student pushes themselves to the limits, struggles, and then finds success,” she said. “My students brighten up my day every day. I love the task of figuring out how to empower them to become successful and confident learners.”
Ms. DiGregorio holds a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University and a master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as a physical education teacher in the Karns City Area School District.
Ms. Oxenreiter finds it rewarding to watch middle school students develop into independent learners.
“In my capacity, I am able to help bridge that progression with individualized instruction,” she said. “I'm fortunate that Boyce provides such an uplifting and positive environment that serves to enhance the middle school experience.”
A graduate of Duquesne University, Ms. Oxenreiter earned her undergraduate degree in early childhood education and her graduate degree in special education. Prior to joining the Upper St. Clair faculty, she served as a special education teacher in the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.
Other Upper St. Clair teachers who were honored with the Promising Practitioners Award in previous years include: Bridget Kaufman, Erin Kyle, Paige Steinhaus, Tonia Autieri, Eliza Luxbacher, Dr. Kelly Pascarella, Amy Homer and Morgan Olsen.
PAMLE is the leading advocate for middle level education in Pennsylvania, promoting and enhancing the role of middle level education by promoting best instructional practices for young adolescents.