Pennsylvania Teacher Awarded 2012 Humane Educator of the Year

December 6, 2012 - Arcola Intermediate Middle School teacher Patty McGinnis was named Animalearn's 2012 Humane Educator of the Year, recognizing her efforts to introduce technological alternatives to animals used in education to her school system. Mrs. McGinnis was honored at the Pennsylvania Science Teacher Association Convention in Hershey, PA.

2012 Humane Teacher of the Year
From left: Nicole Green, Patty McGinnis, PSTA President Kathleen Conn & Katherine Lewis (Animalearn)
Animalearn selected Mrs. McGinnis as its Humane Educator of the Year due to her success in raising awareness about incorporating humane science technology into the classroom. Mrs. McGinnis has utilized Animalearn's resources to educate her gifted seminar classes about alternatives to dissection. She also invited Animalearn to be part of her school's annual STEM Day, a day designed to educate students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related careers. Mrs. McGinnis has over 20 years experience teaching life science and biology, and is thrilled that today's students have options to traditional dissections.

"I'm both surprised and delighted to be honored with this award. Animalearn does such terrific work and provides a valuable service to biology teachers and health teachers nationwide. Students today are so fortunate to have so many choices when it comes to their learning, and Animalearn makes it easy for teachers to help support the individual needs of their learners," said McGinnis.

"Patty deserves this award because she sees that dissection alternatives are an integral component to the 21st century learning of students today," stated Nicole Green, Director of Animalearn.

As a part of the award, Animalearn donated $1,000 worth of dissection alternatives for Mrs. McGinnis to use with Arcola Intermediate students in the Methacton School District, especially for those who make the choice to opt out of dissections.

Animalearn, the educational division of the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS), works with educators, students and others to achieve quality humane science education without harmful use of animals. Visit or call (800)729-2287.

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Article from the Times Herald, 12/10/12