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South Hills Instructors Win Major Award 6 Times in 7 Years

(l-r) South Hills instructors Mark Gentzel, Matthew Penning, and Guido Santella

by Jodie LeMaster
South Hills Webmaster

South Hills School of Business & Technology is proud to announce instructor, Mark Gentzel, shown above left, has been named the 2015 PAPSA Outstanding Educator of the Year award. He was honored at the 67th annual Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA) conference held on July 23 in Cranberry, PA.

Mr. Gentzel teaches English classes at the State College main campus and is the third South Hills instructor to receive this award in as many years.

Last year, the Outstanding Educator of the Year award was given to Information Technology Program Coordinator, Matthew Penning, shown above center. He teaches technology courses at our Lewistown campus.

And in 2013, Information Technology instructor, Guido Santella, was named the winner of the prestigious award. Santella, shown above right, teaches technology courses at our Altoona campus.

This isn’t South Hills’ first “three-peat”—our instructors have won this award 6 of the 7 past years! In 2009, it was awarded to Engineering Technology instructor Gary Powers; in 2010, the then-head of our English department Pam Ferguson received the honor; and in 2011, Business Administration—Management & Marketing Program Coordinator, Mike Gates, was named the recipient.

PAPSA represents the more than 320 private career colleges and schools in the Commonwealth before the legislature, state agencies, and professional associations. With over 150 school members, PAPSA acts as the unified voice of quality career school education. The PAPSA Outstanding Educator of the Year award is given to educators whose techniques and innovations best respond to the needs of students in vocational training.

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South Hills Instructors Win Major Award 6 Times in 7 Years
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