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Dzurko to Lead Recognition of Excellent Teachers

Dzurko helps a student in classTim Dzurko was once a finalist for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year honor. Now he’ll lead the whole organization behind the award.


Dzurko, a Park Forest Middle School technology education teacher and Class of 2018 finalist, recently was elected to a three-year term as president of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year - Pennsylvania Chapter (NSTOY-PA).  Previously, he had served for four years as the chapter’s first vice president-selection chairperson.


“It brings me joy to honor and support this great network of teachers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” he said.


Formed in 1995, NSTOY-PA works with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to support the teacher of the year program by providing services and material to select and honor recipients.


As a service organization representing educators, NSTOY-PA believes “that education is a part of the democratic society that contributes to the continued improvement of humankind,” Dzurko said. He said the chapter endeavors to:


  • Encourage quality education for each individual through quality learning

  • Recognize the excellence and commitment of professional educators

  • Promote the image of education through public awareness

  • Stimulate the personal and professional growth of our members and to encourage their participation in activities that will actively inspire teachers by presenting workshops and seminars

  • Be actively involved in the recruitment of young people into the educational profession

Dzurko works with robotics in class

Park Forest Principal Karen Wiser commended Dzurko for being elected to a prominent leadership position, calling it “awesome.”


“Tim is an amazing teacher and leader,” she said.


By Chris Rosenblum

Photos by Nabil K. Mark

Published Feb. 5, 2024