U.S. Department of Defense names PSU alumna District Teacher of the Year

Alumna Casey Burkhardt, GTEP ‘02, MEd ’03, is making a difference around the globe. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoDEA), which has a large education program serving military bases around the world, has named her Teacher of the Year for the Heidelburg District in Germany. She teaches English language arts at Patch High School in Vaihingen, Germany.

Ms. Burkhardt has been at Patch High School for three years, following assignments in Bӧblingen, Germany, Yokosuka, Japan, and Page, Arizona. In her travels with the DOD, she has taught at elementary, middle, and high schools. She has many family members in education, and many who have served in the military. Her associate degree is from PCC, her bachelor’s degree is in English literature from PSU, and she completed the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) and her master’s from the Graduate School of Education.

The DoDEA Teacher of the Year Award started in 1952 and is modeled after the U.S. National Teacher of the Year program. Each DoDEA district winner receives a monetary prize and travels to Washington, DC, for the national recognition event in November where the National DoDEA Teacher of the Year is announced.

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