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Marsha Mosca

Position: Sixth Grade Math Teacher
School: Washington Park Elementary School
School District: Washington School District
City, State: Washington, PA

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Marsha Mosca was nominated by  an acquaintance who wishes to remain anonymous.

Every year, Mrs. Mosca makes a difference in the lives of students. She is a volunteer member for the Sister to Sister committee, which helps sixth grade girls in her county get together for an overnight summit about issues girls face. She also supports her students' non academic endeavors. Robotics competitions, sporting events, theatrical productions and musical concerts are just some of the after school events she attends.  Academically, her students always show growth.  She incorporates hands-on activities, technology and collaboration within her class to engage all students. 

Over the years, she has helped cultivate a positive school atmosphere.  She organizes team-building activities such as secret santa, painting and sip gatherings, and holiday parties.  As the math curriculum leader, she helps her building's math team. During one school year, she was promoted to Assistant Principal while the Principal was out on a seven week FMLA leave. 

In her 13 years of teaching at the same school, in the same grade level, she has earned certifications in mid-level math, mid level science, and a principal certification. She has also written standardized test questions.

"I've often observed her at school functions, and I can't believe the patience she has with the diverse population of her students," her nominator said. "One time, she advocated for a student who was denied a school lunch.  Once students have a negative balance of $5, they are denied a lunch. She believed the student should not be punished for the action of the parent.  I can also attest to this with children that are not her students. I see her caring nature at family functions."

Prior to her career at her current school, she was a long term substitute within the district for an incarcerated 14 year old youth.  Legally, they were required to get an education, so she went into the jail for two years and provided this student with the required classes.