SV physical education teacher recognized for making positive impacts

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Mr. Mike Manipole (Photo Credit: Bill Paterson)

Mr. Mike Manipole, Ryan Gloyer Middle School (RGMS) Health and Physical Education Teacher, received the Ann Moniot Outstanding Middle Level Teacher Award for the 2023-24 school year from the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE).

This award is presented to a middle level educator that has made professional contributions that have positively influenced middle level education and students within their school, has a passion for teaching that is contagious to those around them, and someone who creates positive and caring relationships with their students and their colleagues.

“Mr. Manipole approaches every day with a positive energy that is really unlike anyone else I know,” said Dr. Tony Babusci, Ryan Gloyer Middle School Principal. “All the kids feed off that positive energy, and they know they’re in the presence of someone who really cares about them. An underrated characteristic of Mike is his work ethic. He puts in as many hours as any teacher I know and often times leaves school and goes directly into serving his community.”

The Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE), formerly the Pennsylvania Middle School Association (PMSA), was established in 1973 and serves as a voice for professionals, parents, and others interested in the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents (youth 10 – 15 years of age). AMLE is the only national educational association exclusively devoted to improving the educational experiences of young adolescents.

“I am truly honored and humbled to accept the Ann Moniot Outstanding Middle Level Teacher award,” said Mr. Manipole. “This recognition is not just a personal achievement but a testament to the collective dedication and hard work of the incredible students at RGMS, as well as the outstanding team of teachers and administrators I am fortunate to collaborate with. It is so important to try to make students know they are valued and to make them smile. We never know what a person is thinking or how they feel each day, it is a great opportunity to hopefully brighten a person’s day! It is a privilege to be part of such a remarkable community that values education and fosters an environment of growth and learning.”

AMLE has over 35,000 members in more than 46 countries including teachers, principals, parents, college faculty, central office administrators, educational consultants and community leaders. In addition, AMLE has nearly 40 state, provincial and international affiliates that work to provide middle level support at a more local level, including PAMLE.

PAMLE is the leading advocate for middle level education in the state of Pennsylvania and the association (PAMLE) will promote and enhance the role of middle level education in Pennsylvania.