2019 PAACE Conference on March 11-12, 2019

Thank you for making the 2019 PAACE Annual Conference great!

Congratulations to our 2019 PAACE Award Winners!

PAACE Awards

Outstanding Partner of the Year Award: Jesse McCree

Jesse McCree has made the strategic decision to strengthen the relationship between adult education and workforce initiatives that exist in the field today by partnering with PAACE and by serving on COABE’s Board at the National level.

Outstanding Leader of the Year Award:  Dr. Rebecca Wagner

Dr. Rebecca Wagner is pictured here with her team, who nominated her for this prestigious award. Rebecca’s service and passion to provide excellent education and transition support to the adult learners in PA is the basis for her work and leadership in the field of adult education. Rebecca is willing and freely shares her knowledge, experience and time with adult learners, colleagues and other leadership projects.

Outstanding Practitioner of the Year Award: Marilyn Lydic

Marilyn Lydic has done just about everything there is to do in the field of adult education. Marilyn has always been open to new opportunities. She is the dream employee in that she never says “no” to an assignment. As an innovative organization, IU13 is continually developing new programs and Marilyn is always quick to volunteer to take the lead on these projects. Her goal is to never be bored and to continue to be instrumental in helping her students succeed and be happy.

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award:  Steven Kincaid

Steven currently teaches two ESL classes per week for our program, committing 6 hours per class per week. It is very important to him to see students succeed and reach their goals. He will take time out of class to meet a student at the library to work on specific topics. He approaches his responsibilities with enthusiasm, dedication and commitment.

Outstanding Student of the Year Award:  Karmel Radan

Karmel continued to attend classes at Literacy Pittsburgh, where she studied with her teacher Kathy for her placement exam for community college. In January 2019, she began coursework at CCAC for biology. She hopes to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in the future, with a goal of becoming a dental hygienist. Karmel’s ultimate goal in life, the reason why she continues to better herself and attends school, is so she can be the mother she want to be. She wants to give her future children the childhood she never had. She wants to bring them joy and happiness, and that in turn will light up her own life