North Hills teacher named ‘Educator of the Year’

Joe Welch teaches social studies at North Hills Middle School

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 9 – Joe Welch, a North Hills Middle School teacher, today was named Pennsylvania’s 2020 Educator of the Year, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Lawrenceville, was pleased to announce.

“I am thrilled that one of our hardworking local teachers was recognized with this prestigious award,” Innamorato said. “Every day our teachers inspire and encourage our children, not just to learn, but to be the best that each of one of them can be by urging them to reach their full potential.

“This is no easy task, and Joe Welch exemplifies the character and commitment possessed by so many of our teachers, men and women who have dedicated themselves not just to giving back to their communities, but to building the next generation. I thank Joe and each and all of our teachers for their commitment and hard work in our classrooms.”

Welch, who teaches American History at North Hills Middle School, is one of 12 Teacher of the Year finalists. Nominations for the Teacher of the Year were submitted by students, parents, peers, and members of the community wishing to honor and recognize educator achievements both inside and outside of the classroom. 

This is not the first time Welch’s hard work and dedication has been recognized, in 2018 he was named National History Teacher of the Year. He teaches seventh and eighth grade social studies, has served as a curriculum chair, project advisor for Project Connect 1:1 Initiative, a sponsor of the National History Day Program for Regional Students, and the director of the North Hills DC Trip Program.

The announcement was made during the SAS Institute, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s annual professional development conference. The Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year, which was founded in 1995.