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2022 PA Legacy Award Winners

Grow Schools

September 13, 2023

2022 PA Legacy Award Winners 1

The PA Charter School Legacy Awards stand as a distinguished recognition within Pennsylvania’s educational landscape, honoring exceptional individuals and organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions to the growth, advancement, and success of charter schools.

These awards celebrate visionary leadership, innovative educational practices, community engagement, and unwavering commitment to the betterment of kids’ lives through the charter school system.

2022 Legacy Award Winners

Erin Corvaia

Award Type: Teacher

School: Pennsylvania STEAM Academy

Quote: “There is such a great need for those kids to be loved and supported and be told that great things can happen for them. And the kids themselves, and knowing that I can provide for them, that is the greatest reward.”

Bio: Erin Corvaia is a kindergarten teacher at Pennsylvania STEAM Academy. Erin joined Pennsylvania STEAM two years ago, and channels her background in Outdoor Education and love of natural science into the STEM curriculum.

Dr. Wayne Jones

Award Type: School Leader

School: Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship

Quote: “Through creativity, flexibility, and innovation, we can inspire and empower young minds to reach their full potential and break free from the limits of traditional education.”

Bio: Dr. Wayne Jones joined Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship as their CEO in 2013 with a financial management, operations, and sports management background. Dr. Jones got his doctorate in Leadership Education, and devoted his education and resources towards studying entrepreneurial education’s impact on young students.

Ralf Weiser

Award Type: Parent Advocate

School: Avon Grove Charter School

Quote: “It was a very harmonious experience. It was give and take on both sides— on the parents’ sides and on the administrations’ side.

Bio: When Ralf and his wife moved into a new school district with two young children, they researched the school choices available to them and found that the resources available at Avon Grove Charter: art, languages, music— would provide their children with a rich exposure of experiences. They quickly became involved in volunteering, and ultimately, Ralf joined the school board, serving on that board through the challenges of COVID-19 and beyond.

Jennifer Morrison

Award Type: Rising School Leader

School: Pennsylvania STEAM Academy

Quote: “I feel like I can deeply connect with kids and adults as well. And if I whittle it down — the kids know that I love and respect them. Sometimes I have to be the disciplinarian or the “meanie,” but at the end of the day, all my kids know that I love them and over the years, I have seen so many successes.”

Bio: Jennifer Morrison is the Principal and CEO of Pennsylvania STEAM Academy, a brand-new charter school in Harrisburg. With a background in psychology, Jennifer taught art for 16 years in the charter school system before spending a few years in the public system and ultimately joining Pennsylvania STEAM when they opened their doors two years ago.