Brian Endlein, Director of Bands at Odessa High School, is in his 17th year of music education. He received his B.M. in Music Education with a minor in Music History from West Chester University. Endlein currently serves as the director of the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Indoor Drumline, and Winter Color Guard programs. In addition to these ensembles, he teaches an Introduction to Guitar class, Music Theory, AP Music Theory, and a Music Technology curriculum he developed for the Appoquinimink School District. In doing so, his curriculum firmly cements the arts as being inseparable from its STEM counterparts by offering opportunities for students to create music in the way in which they consume it – digitally.
Endlein is an active member of many professional music organizations, including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Delaware Music Educators Association (DMEA). Endlein has held various roles of responsibility and leadership within DMEA and is the former co-chair for the All-State Senior Band program. During his time as an educator, Endlein's music programs have lauded both local and international praise. He was selected as School Band and Orchestra's "50 Directors Who Make a Difference," was a featured educator in The Instrumentalist on how to grow a music program in a challenging environment, and DSEA Matters for his work with special needs students in the inclusion setting.
In addition to his curricular duties, Endlein serves as part of the command team of the 78th Army Band, United States Army Reserve, as First Sergeant. Brian and his wife, Erika, reside in Delaware with their two children, Parker and Charlotte, both of whom attend schools in the district.
After a rewarding 26-year engineering career in the communications technologies industry, Mark Wilson was presented with a special opportunity to launch a new engineering program as a full-time teacher at Allentown Central Catholic High School. An Allentown native, Mark had taught at the university level for many years as an adjunct faculty member. He relished the thought of sharing his passion for engineering and mathematics with high school students who were considering his chosen profession in his hometown.
Now in his sixth year at ACCHS, Mark teaches two honors-level engineering courses along with multiple Advanced Placement courses in both calculus and statistics. Beyond the classroom, he coaches the school's Scholastic Scrimmage team and its freshman baseball team.
Mark and his wife, Alice, have been happily married for nearly 25 years and are the proud parents of two college-aged children, all of whom are big Philadelphia sports fans. In fact, Mark has been an Eagles Season Ticket Member for 37 years and has attended every single regular-season and playoff home game for the past 34 years (and counting!).
Born and raised in Delaware County, Shannon Hill is a STEM teacher at Darby Township School in the Southeast Delco School District. Why STEM? It allows her the chance to work on innovative, creative, and problem-solving projects with her students. "Together, we use the engineering design process to create inventions that solve everyday problems. I work among some of the most dedicated, caring, and talented individuals in the world of teaching. The best thing about teaching is that every day is different, and always an adventure. I feel lucky to be where I am," says Hill. Before teaching at Darby Township School, Hill earned her undergraduate degree from West Chester University and her master's degree from Cabrini University. When Hill is not teaching, she loves to spent time with her family and friends, visit the beach, and – of course – cheer on the Philly sports teams!
Taren Harmon joined Gauger Cobbs Middle School after earning a diploma and certification in administrative office systems from Delaware Technical and Community College, a bachelor's degree in administrative office management from Delaware State University, and a master's in applied technology in education from the University of Delaware. Harmon has been the Career and Technical Education Department Chair at Gauger Cobbs since 2015 and has implemented several district-wide STEM initiatives in that time. In the spring, Gauger Cobbs will debut an E-sports program thanks to Harmon's leadership.
In addition to her current role as the school's business education/computer applications teacher, Harmon has also been Gauger Cobbs' advisor to Business Professionals of America for 21 years. For over a decade, Harmon has also served as the district coordinator for the BPA National Leadership Conference. Harmon was named the Delaware BPA Advisor of the Year in 2017. Harmon's students have participated in several state and national BPA competitions.
The All-Pro Teachers program honors Harmon for her dedication to helping support the leaders of the future. Harmon resides in Delaware with her husband, Warren, and their three children – Erinn, Warren Jr., and Jordan.
Sarah Fryling was born and raised in South Jersey and grew up in a family that loves Philly sports. When she decided to become a teacher, she put her all into finding innovative ways to reach her students. That's where her love of STEM and technology integration began. She is currently a technology and STEM teacher at Smithville Elementary School in Galloway, New Jersey, while working toward her master's degree in Instructional Technology. Not only does she teach all of the students in her building, but she also organizes school-wide coding events, tech nights for families, and presents at various technology and STEM conferences to show educators the benefits of utilizing technology in the classroom. Some of her favorite lessons include integrating Minecraft into early human studies, showcasing student work through an augmented reality art showcase, and stop-motion animation projects. Sarah is also the loving mother to her son Edward, an energetic and kind 5-year-old boy who is also an Eagles and Philly sports super fan! Sarah is a passionate, innovative, and caring educator who is proud to represent her school and the Philadelphia Eagles as an All-Pro Teacher.
Ms. Emma Shapiro teaches 11th grade chemistry at Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia. Shapiro graduated from Temple University with her master's degree in education in 2021. She wanted to stay in the School District of Philadelphia to make a difference in the community. Science and art come together for scholars to explore their creative side while thinking critically in her class. She aims to create an engaging and inclusive class environment where every student can find success. Strawberry Mansion seeks to provide scholars with an exceptional and equitable education. With this donation, the school will uphold that and reimagine the science laboratories in addition to planning its first science fair!
Adam Bastidas is a 7th grade math teacher at Northampton Area Middle School. Inspired by his father, who is also a teacher, Adam decided to pursue a career in teaching to help students learn by making math more enjoyable and relatable. He accomplishes this by incorporating sports into his lessons. For example, he uses the NFL season to teach fractions, decimals, and percentages and the March Madness tournament to teach probability. Adam believes that by incorporating sports in education, students develop the healthy and rewarding aspects of competition, such as discipline, teamwork, and self-confidence. Adam is also the Boys' Soccer Head Coach at Pleasant Valley High School, a Coach for the U12 Boys' EPYSA Olympic Development Program team, and a Coach for his family's soccer camp, Bastidas Soccer Academy.
He attended James Madison University, where he received his bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and his Master's in Teaching. He was also a member of JMU's Varsity Men's Soccer Program where he was Team Captain during his final year and three-time JMU Male Scholar-Athlete of the year. He currently lives in Northampton with his amazing wife, Abby, and their two dogs, Dood and Lady. They are all huge Eagles fans and Adam is incredibly honored to be recognized with this award. GO BIRDS!
Kevin Bradley is entering his 15th year as a Mathematics teacher at Valley Forge Military Academy (VFMA) in Wayne, PA. He has been fortunate to teach middle and high school students during his tenure at VFMA. As a dedicated educator within the Math disciplines he inspires his students by also encouraging their curiosity and interests which expand across disciplines including into STEM related topics. He works hard to demonstrate to his students the importance and relevance of learning math so that it may be applied to everyday life. Mr. Bradley is also a sports enthusiast where he has a love for competition which he carried through his time as the previous head coach of the VFMA soccer team. In his free time, he enjoys finding new trails to hike with wife and daughters throughout Pennsylvania. Go Birds!
Mr. Joseph Faye has completely transformed our school in the area of technology. When it comes to technology in an elementary school. you must be sure that all devices our current and functioning properly. Mr. Joseph does this. In addition, you must assess the capability of your building to transmit information quickly with little to no glitches. Mr. Joseph does this. Mr. Joseph developed and implemented a Robotics Program in our school for young men and ladies in grade 5 to 8. This program is one of few programs of its kind in a elementary school within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The students have learned coding, building robots, how to use drones, and so much more. To update our art classes, Mr. Joseph uses the guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to rework the lessons so the skills could be taught and implemented using a computer and digital art pad.